An Ottawa bus crash killed six people after a double decker bus crashed through a railroad crossing and into a moving train. According to Bloomberg.com on Sept. 18, the bus never slowed down or stopped, as passengers report many were screaming at the bus driver to “stop,” but he didn’t.
Greg Mech, a passenger on the upper level of the bus at the time of the crash claims:
“From what I can tell, the bus driver did not notice that these train track’s signal lights were on and the gates were down.” He went on to say; “People screamed on the bus shortly before the crash because he was not stopping.”
Five people died at the crash and the sixth person was pronounced dead at the hospital. The crash happened during the morning rush hour, at 8:48 a.m., which is a time when the bus is full. The crash injured 30 people with 10 people reported in critical condition, along with the six fatalities.
The Transportation Safety Board, which is the Canadian government agency that investigate accidents, doesn’t know if the railroad gates were up or down at the time of this accident. This was reported by lead investigator Glen Pilon. The VIA Rail passenger train was on its way to Toronto, headed south when the bus drove into it. None of the train passengers were injured.
The front face of the bus was sheared off leaving a mass of twisted metal in its place. The force of the crash caused the train’s locomotive to jump the tracks, but it remained upright. Another passenger on the upper level of the bus said that people were screaming “stop, stop,” because they could see the bus headed for the train and it wasn’t slowing down.
The investigation is underway at this time.