The Ottawa double-decker bus collision with a train has killed six of the bus passengers, including the bus driver. More than 30 of the Ottawa bus passengers were injured. First responders who came to Wednesday’s Ottawa bus-train collision scene said that "bodies and debris [were] pretty much everywhere at the impact site," and that this was “definitely a serious scene," reported CNN on Sept. 18, 2013.
Around 8:48 a.m., an Ottawa Carlton Transit bus collided with a Via Rail train at Woodroffe Avenue and Fallowfield Road in Ottawa.
Following the Ottawa bus-train collision, the train derailed about 100 to 200 feet down the train rail, said Ottawa Fire Service's Marc Messier.
One eye witness who was waiting for the train reported hearing "a thud" and "a loud metal-on-metal screech."
The front end of the Ottawa double-decker bus sustained the most damage in the bus-train collision and five passengers from the Ottawa bus, including the driver, were pronounced dead at the scene. Another person died at the hospital.
Photos and a Ottawa bus-train collision video show the front of the bus completely sheared off.
Following the bus-train collision, 31 Ottawa bus passengers were taken to the hospital. Most passenger bus crash victims suffered leg injuries and 11 passengers are in critical condition. No injuries were reported from train passengers.
One of the Ottawa double-decker bus passengers who was on the bus with her one-year-old son when the collision occurred said that she was texting her friend when other passengers began yelling at the bus driver to stop.
"As I looked up, the bus was coming into contact with the gate," she told news reporters.
"I don't know what happened," she said. "I don't know if the bus driver like blacked out, I don't know what happened but he didn't slow down and it just impacted with the train."
Guilbeault said she immediately ran off the bus with her son.
"I've seen a few people dead, someone ripped in half," she said while breaking down in tears.