Three Dead and 23 injured in bus crash in Ottawa - view

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Three people were killed and 23 others injured after a double-decker bus in Canada crashed into a bus platform, officials said Friday. Pictures posted to social media show a large presence of first responders at the busy transit station, and substantial damage to the front end of the bus.

The driver of the bus was arrested at the scene, Chief Charles Bordeleau of the Ottawa police added at an evening news conference at Ottawa city hall.

Ottawa Emergency Services transported the injured from Westboro Station to a local hospital.

He says they will also have to survey the wreckage using drones, go over video and data gathered from the bus and bystanders.

"I'm not going to go into the details of why we arrested the driver, but the fact remains that there was an arrest done".

"An investigation is now underway on the cause of the collision", he told reporters.

"Outstanding investigators are doing that work, but it takes time", Bordeleau said.

Officers believe the bus was at or near capacity, meaning about 90 people were on board, and they're hoping to interview everyone involved.

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Four hours after the crash, Ottawa Hospital said that seven patients were in a critical condition and nine in a stable condition.

Mike Sharp was onboard the bus at the time of the accident.

Two of the victims were passengers on the bus.

The crash is the second involving an Ottawa transit bus in recent years.

Shortly after the crash, neither Bordeleau nor Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson would speculate on why the bus had left the road.

Politicians, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford, tweeted messages of support.

In 2013, an Ottawa bus collided with a Via Rail train in suburban Barrhaven, killing six people.