Police release driver in fatal Ottawa bus crash without charge

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and Chief Charles Bordeleau at a news conference at City Hall

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and Chief Charles Bordeleau at a news conference at City Hall

OC Transpo has issued notices saying detours are in effect for the Dominion and Westboro transit stations.

"Such devastating news. My thoughts and condolences are with the victims, their families and all those affected by this tragedy", wrote Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, who represents the area in Parliament.

"Something led us to having to arrest the individual and take them to the station", Bordeleau said.

Emergency crews respond to a deadly double-decker bus crash at Westboro Station in Ottawa, January 11, 2019.

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Along with the three killed, 23 others were injured in the crash, with the Ottawa Hospital tweeting Saturday one patient remains in critical condition, six in serious condition and four remain in stable condition.

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.

"We're taking every necessary step to establish all of the facts and will co-operate fully with any investigation", said John Manconi, the general manager of Ottawa's transit service, OC Transpo.

The Ottawa Hospital tweeted Saturday morning that one patient is now under treatment in critical condition, six patients are in serious condition and four patients are in stable condition following Friday's crash. "Our investigators will be working through the night and into the morning to document the scene".

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Bilal Gill was at the back of the Route 269 bus when the collision occurred.

The driver of the bus was "detained on the scene and will be questioned at our police station", Bordeleau said. I know that the people of Ontario have them in their hearts tonight.

"A lot of people started screaming, people at the front who got pinned under their seats".

He says the bus was at or near its full capacity of 90 passengers at when it slammed into a bus shelter on Friday afternoon, and police will have to interview everyone on board at the time. "There was definitely people pinned".

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The family reunification centre at the Churchill Seniors Centre has since been closed, but people seeking information about family members involved in Friday's crash can call the Canadian Red Cross at 1-855-797-8875.

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