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Statement by Premier Ford on the OC Transpo Bus Crash

Statement by Premier Ford on the OC Transpo Bus Crash

The Canadian PressBuses are being detoured away from Westboro station in Ottawa after a crash left several people dead and more injured.

A bus crash at Westboro Station in Ottawa.

The crash took place west of downtown at 3:50 p.m., at the beginning of rush hour, just as dusk was beginning to settle on the coldest day of the winter so far in the capital.

"It is with deep sadness that I report there were three confirmed casualties, two of which were on the bus and one that was on the platform", Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson told reporters at a news conference late on Friday.

The Ottawa Hospital's trauma centre said it had received nine patients "in critical condition" from the collision.

He said police are now investigating what caused the collision; six officers were on site to look into the matter. The driver of the bus was "detained on the scene and will be questioned at our police station", Bordeleau said.

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Ottawa Fire Services spokesperson Danielle Cardinal said as of 4:10 p.m. that the Transitway was closed in both directions near Westboro station.

Pictures posted to social media show a large presence of first responders at the busy transit station, and substantial damage to the front end of the bus. "I want to express my sorrow and condolences of the Ottawa police service and other emergency services". Another was wheeled on a gurney in obvious distress, wailing loudly enough to be heard on an overpass above.

Injured passengers were being treated by paramedics on the ground surrounding the bus.

"This will be a long investigation", he said.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford took it to Twitter to send a message to the victims and their families. "My first thoughts are with those who have been injured and their families".