Front of Bus Obliterated in Deadly Canada Crash

Multiple fatalities reported as bus collides with train in Ottawa

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Sep 18, 2013 9:40 AM CDT

(Newser) – A Via Rail passenger train and a transit bus collided at a crossing in Ottawa today, and Canadian police say there are multiple deaths. Witnesses say the front end of the double-decker bus was ripped off by the impact. An Ottawa Fire spokesman told CP24 television there are "multiple fatalities" and a number on the bus are injured; he says there were no injuries on the train.

The accident occurred just outside a suburban train station in the city's west end in the middle of the morning commute. Pascal Lolgis, who witnessed the crash, says the bus appeared to drive through a lowered crossing barrier. "Boom! It went into the train like that," Lolgis says. "He just didn't stop."

A city bus is severely damaged after colliding with a Via Rail passenger train at a crossing in Ottawa, Ontario, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013.
A city bus is severely damaged after colliding with a Via Rail passenger train at a crossing in Ottawa, Ontario, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013.   (Terry Pedwell)
Officials respond to the scene where a city bus collided with a Via Rail passenger train at a crossing in Ottawa, Ontario, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013.
Officials respond to the scene where a city bus collided with a Via Rail passenger train at a crossing in Ottawa, Ontario, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013.   (Terry Pedwell)
Officials respond to the scene where a city bus collided with a Via Rail passenger train at a crossing in Ottawa, Ontario, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013.
Officials respond to the scene where a city bus collided with a Via Rail passenger train at a crossing in Ottawa, Ontario, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013.   (Terry Pedwell)
Officials respond to the scene where a city bus collided with a Via Rail passenger train at a crossing in Ottawa, Ontario, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013.
Officials respond to the scene where a city bus collided with a Via Rail passenger train at a crossing in Ottawa, Ontario, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013.   (Terry Pedwell)
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