Six dead, dozens injured after Ottawa city bus collides with VIA train
Health officials in Ottawa confirm 6 people area dead, another 31 injured after an OC Transpo city bus collided with a Via Rail train at a level crossing in the west end of the city.
Five of the victims were prounounced dead at the scene. The other died later in hospital.
Witnesses say the city bus failed to stop at the crossing, despite the signal lights flashing and the barrier down. The front end of the double-decker bus was sheared off by the impact.
Passengers on the bus say they screamed at the driver to stop just before the crash, and witnesses on the ground said the bus plowed directly into the side of the passing, four-car train.
The Via locomotive and one passenger car derailed as a result of the crash but Via Rail officials said there were no major injuries reported on the train.
Ottawa mayor Jim Watson expressed his condolences to the families of the victims. All flags in the city will fly half-staff in mourning for the dead. A book of condolences is also being set up at city hall.
Several agencies will invesitgate the crash but the Transportation Safety Board will lead it. At this poiint, officials say it's too early to determine the circumstances leading up to tragedy.