A man is dead after a Greyhound bus and a car collided on Highway 7 west of Ottawa today, Ontario Provincial Police said.

The westbound bus and a Volkswagon Jetta heading in the opposite direction collided head-on between Innisville, Ont., and Carleton Place, Ont., at about 10:15 a.m. ET Friday, police said. The car then caught fire.

The driver of the car, Damon McCamon, 29, of Lanark County died at the scene.

OPP Const. David Bird said 49 people were on the bus, including the driver.

Police said some passengers on the bus suffered minor injuries and were transported to a community centre in Carleton Place for treatment.

About 30 passengers who had been on the bus boarded a new bus at Carleton Place bound for Toronto. 


Jonathon Cole said people screamed when the collision happened but everyone was calm as they exited the bus through an emergency window. (Laurie Fagan/CBC)

Jonathon Cole of Toronto said he was sitting in the back seat and held on to a man to prevent him from falling forward. Cole said the bus tire came off in the collision and passengers used it as a step as they exited the bus through the emergency window.

Highway 7 was closed but reopened at 4:45 p.m. ET.

The crash remains under investigation.