No easy answers to questions swirling around fatal Ottawa bus crash

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and Chief Charles Bordeleau at a news conference at City Hall

Bordeleau said the bus driver was arrested at the scene and would be questioned as part of an investigation into the cause of the crash.

Photos posted on Twitter showed extensive damage to the front of the bus, with the roof of a shelter having carved deep into the vehicle's second deck after the vehicle jumped the curb and plowed along the platform. Police said this morning that no information regarding the identities of the three victims will be made public at this time.

"As a result of the collision we have a number of injuries and some fatalities", Chief Charles Bordeleau said at the scene, a major bus station west of downtown.

Police say they were taken to local hospitals. Sgt. Cameron Graham, of the force's collision investigation unit, said investigators would conduct multiple drone flights over the scene of the wreckage, as well as gather data from the vehicle itself and any available video surveillance.

One woman who could walk was helped off a bus by two first responders, one supporting each of her arms.

But Bordeleau said answers will be slow in coming as the police tackle a mammoth investigation.

Along with the three killed, 23 others were injured in the crash, with the Ottawa Hospital tweeting Saturday one patient remains in critical condition, six in serious condition and four remain in stable condition.

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The Canadian PressBuses are being detoured away from Westboro station in Ottawa after a crash left several people dead and more injured. Bordeleau said the Ottawa Paramedic Service and Ottawa Fire Services worked the scene in partnership with the Ottawa Police. "And there was a bit of blood on the floor", Bilal Gill said. "I saw one person being lowered from the top floor in a seated position".

"I was sitting in the exact same seat; it could have easily been me", she said.

"You get a knot in the pit of your stomach. It's not a comfortable thing to witness and I can't imagine experiencing it".

"To the people of Ottawa, know that the rest of Ontario shares in your sorrow tonight".

"My first thoughts are with those who have been injured and their families".

In 2013, an Ottawa bus collided with a Via Rail train in suburban Barrhaven, killing six people.

- With files from David Reevely in Ottawa and Laura Kane in Vancouver.

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