Ottawa bus crash: Photos and video

It should have been a normal commute home at the end of a long work week for the passengers on OC Transpo’s “Connexion” Route 269, bound for Kanata’s Bridlewood neighbourhood from downtown.

But as the packed, double-decker bus roared through Westboro Station at 3:50 p.m., something went suddenly, horrifyingly wrong. The driver lost control, sending the bus hurtling over the curb and into the shelter, impaling itself on the shelter’s overhanging steel and glass roof, which sliced six or seven rows deep into the bus’s upper right side.

Two people on the bus and one person standing on the platform were killed. Another 23 were injured, nine of whom were in hospital Friday night with critical, life-threatening injuries.

 

First responders attend to victims of a horrific rush hour bus crash at the Westboro Station near Tunney’s Pasture.

First responders attend to victims of a horrific rush hour bus crash at the Westboro Station near Tunney’s Pasture.

The scene of the OC Transpo bus crash on the Transitway at Westboro Station on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. Submitted photo.

Ottawa police investigate at the scene of a collision between two articulated OC Transpo buses on the Transitway near Tunney’s Pasture on Feb. 7, 2012.

A patient is taken to an ambulance as first responders attend to victims of a horrific rush hour bus crash at the Westboro Station near Tunney’s Pasture.

A scene at the Scott Street entrance to Westboro Station as first responders attend to victims of a horrific rush hour bus crash at the Westboro Station near Tunney’s Pasture.

Firefighters put on protective suits before attending the scene as first responders attend to victims of a horrific rush hour bus crash at the Westboro Station near Tunney’s Pasture.

Police and first responders work at the scene where a double-decker city bus struck a transit shelter in Ottawa, on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019.

Police and first responders assist a man at the scene where a double-decker city bus struck a transit shelter in Ottawa, on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019.

Police and a first responders work at the scene where a double-decker city bus struck a transit shelter in Ottawa, on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019.

 

 

 

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