Ottawa·Photos

'Chaos': Deadly bus crash turns transit station into disaster scene

Westboro transit station in Ottawa's west end was transformed into a disaster scene Friday afternoon when a packed double-decker bus slammed into a shelter, killing three and injuring nearly two dozen.

3 people killed, 23 injured in Friday afternoon collision at Westboro station

Firefighters work to remove passengers from the bus following a fatal crash at Westboro station on Friday, Jan. 11. (Patrick Carriere/ Twitter )

Westboro transit station in Ottawa's west end was transformed into a disaster scene Friday afternoon when a packed double-decker bus slammed into a shelter, shearing off the vehicle's front and side.

Two passengers on the bus and one person on the platform were killed in the crash, officials later confirmed.

Twenty-three people were injured, some critically.

"A lot of people started screaming, [including the] people at the front who got pinned under their seats," said Bilal Gill, a passenger on the bus. "It was chaos at first."

Firefighters used ladders to evacuate the bus's upper deck, while a long line of stretchers and ambulances awaited injured victims.

The Ottawa Hospital said nine people were in critical condition.

Images of the crash have been flooding into the CBC Ottawa newsroom. If you have your own images or videos to share, send them to cbcnewsottawa@cbc.ca.

Three people killed in a collision involving an OC Transpo double-decker bus at Westboro station Friday. (@karinawieser/Twitter)
A woman leans out of the second level of the badly damaged bus. (@SaveOurSenators/Twitter)
Firefighters used ladders to free trapped passengers. (Patrick Carriere/Twitter )
First responders attend to victims following the bus crash. (Jean-Pierre Lafleur/Twitter)
A patient is taken to a waiting ambulance following a bus crash at Westboro station. (Olivia Chandler/CBC)
Emergency crews stand ready as patients are removed from the bus. (Patrick Carriere/ Twitter )
Ambulances line up awaiting patients. (Olivia Chandler/CBC)