Transitway Crash Day 2: Painstaking investigation work continues

Crash updates, Saturday:

* On Saturday morning the Ottawa Hospital reported it had one patient in critical condition, six in serious condition, and four were stable.

* Police will hold a press conference at 1 p.m.

* In an early morning news release, Ottawa police said investigators worked through the night to positively identify the three deceased — police said they would not be identifying them.

* The driver of the bus was taken into custody but has since been released, police said.

*The Transitway remains closed indefinitely between Tunney’s Pasture and Lincoln Fields stations


Investigators from three levels of government were still at the scene on a cold but bright Saturday morning trying to piece together what caused Friday’s horrendous crash of an OC Transpo express commuter bus at Westboro Transitway station that left three dead and 23 injured.

Ottawa police collision unit investigators remain at the heart of the probe into why the jam-packed double-decker bus, a popular run en route to Kanata, left the road and smashed into the station. It struck the station’s overhanging weather cover, which protects waiting riders on the platform from the elements, destroying most of the bus’s upper level.

Two of the victims were bus passengers, the third was waiting on the station platform.

As of about 11 a.m., the Ottawa Hospital reported it had one patient in critical condition, six in serious condition, and four were stable. The hospital reported Friday night it had received 18 patients at two of its centres, nine of them judged to be in critical condition.

Saturday morning investigators were painstakingly sweeping the area for debris or other material that could assist the probe.

Police planned to hold a news conference at its Elgin Street headquarters at 1 p.m.

In an early morning news release, Ottawa police said that investigators worked through the night to positively identify the three deceased on westbound bus route 269 and contact their families and loved ones. They add that no information on the identity of the three will be released by police.

The driver of the ill-fated double-decker bus, who was taken into custody at the scene, was released unconditionally pending further investigation. The driver was not identified by police, except to confirm she is a woman.

The Transitway remains closed indefinitely between Tunney’s Pasture and Lincoln Fields stations for the investigation. Road closures remain in place near the scene of the collision and police continue to ask the public to to avoid the area.

Ottawa police continue to interview witnesses and ask anyone who left the scene or has information about this collision is asked to call police at 613-236-1222, ext 2481.

Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by downloading the Ottawa police app.

The Churchill Seniors Centre at 345 Richmond Rd. remains open for those seeking information about family members involved in the crash, has now been closed.

Updates will follow.

 

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