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6 Dead after Train and Bus Collision

Lauren Lopez3 years ago

On Wednesday morning around 9 a.m. the double-decker OC Transpo Route 76 bus was traveling toward downtown Ottawa when it collided with a Via passenger train, leaving six people dead and more than thirty injured, ten of which are in critical condition.

Information on the Train and Bus Collision

“From what I can tell the bus driver did not notice that these train track's signal lights were on and the gates were down.” – bus passenger Greg Merch as reported by CBC

  • According to CBC, the Via Train 51 was coming from Montreal and heading west toward the city of Toronto. The accident occurred at the intersection of railroad crossing Woodroffe Avenue and Fallowfield Road.
  • The front end of the bus was completely torn off, resulting in five passengers being killed on impact, one of which was the bus driver. There are no reports of any major injuries to passengers who were aboard the train.
  • Witnesses of the accident have reported that the bus failed to stop at the train crossing. Passengers told reporters that the bus’s breaks activated just before the collision.

Injuries of the Train and Bus Accident

  • Over thirty people were taken to local hospitals, including ten passengers who were said to be in critical condition.
  • Three who suffered injuries were able to check themselves into the hospitals.
  • The majority of the injuries sustained were to the limbs or abdomen; however, some were able to go home with less severe injuries like scrapes and bruises.
  • There were no serious injuries among train passengers.
Following the Train and Bus Accident
  • Woodroffe Avenue has been shut down in both directions between Fallowfield and Slack roads and detours are in currently in effect for the public buses.
  • The families of those killed in the accident have been notified.
  • Canadian Blood Services is reported to be supplying the local hospitals with blood to treat victims of the crash. They have received support from the community from people offering to donate their blood.
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