OC Transpos Westboro Station was the scene of an horrific accident this afternoon.
3 confirmed dead are among 25 casualites that happened when a double-decker bus collided with a shelter at the westend station about 3:50 PM.
14 patients are in critical, and 11 in serious condition.
The injured have been dispersed among Ottawa’s four city hospitals.
At a 25-minute news conference involving Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and Police Chief Charles Bordeleau, with paramedic, civic and OC Transpo officials (held at 7PM), a number of additional details were shared.
City Police have arrested, and are interrogating the female driver of the Kanata-bound Route 269 bus, which, at afternoon rush hour, could have been carrying as many as 95 passengers.
Two of the deceased were bus passengers.
A third death involved a customer on the bus platfrom.
Weather compounded rescue efforts.
The injured sustained blunt trauma injuries.
Some passengers needed to be extricated from the upper level of the bus, others were ejected.
Roads, and the transit way are closed and traffic is being diverted from the area.
Six investigators are assigned to the scene and Ottawa Police expect they will be working through the night to assist in determining a cause and gathering evidence.
A family reunification centre has been set up in the neighbourhood, and people wishing to check on the whereabouts of a loved one they believe to have been on the bus should call 613-797-8875.