Police release driver in fatal Ottawa bus crash without charges

Police release driver in fatal Ottawa bus crash without charges

A double-decker bus has crashed into a bus station in the Canadian capital of Ottawa, killing at least 3 people and injuring more than a dozen others, local officials and witnesses say.

The driver of the OC Transpo bus was released unconditionally pending further investigation she was arrested her and brought in for questioning after the crash Friday, Ottawa police said Saturday.

A double-deck city bus smashed into a transit shelter during rush hour on Friday.

Investigators worked through the night and identified the three victims and contacted their families, said Const. Amy Gagnon.

While police initially took the female driver of the bus into custody, they said Saturday she had been released without charges. Photos posted on Twitter shows extensive damage to the front of the bus, with the roof of a shelter pushed well into the bus's second deck.

Part of the Transitway, a main artery for commuters, was closed in the aftermath of the accident, and police warned people to stay away from the area.

"Our (city) community has been rocked today".

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Two passengers and one person waiting on the platform died, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson told reporters, adding that 23 others were injured in the crash, which he described as "horrific".

"Our hearts and condolences go out to all those injured [and] those family members who have lost loved ones", Watson said. Of those transported, 14 were in critical condition and 11 were in serious condition.

Ottawa police say there will be no quick or easy answers to questions swirling around a deadly bus crash on a busy city route. Most of the serious injuries were incurred by passengers on the upper-right side of the bus. Police said this morning that no information regarding the identities of the three victims will be made public at this time.

The bus had a capacity of 90 people, both sitting and standing.

Those who have pictures or video of the crash are being asked to get in touch with police, while passengers on the bus missing property are also asked to reach out.

The Ottawa Hospital tweeted Saturday morning that one patient is now under treatment in critical condition, six patients are in serious condition and four patients are in stable condition following Friday's crash.

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