6 killed as bus rams train in puzzling Ottawa crash
OTTAWA, Ontario - Commuters were shocked and investigators were at a loss to explain why a double-decker transit bus drove past a warning light in Ottawa on Wednesday morning, crashed through safety barriers and plowed into a passenger train, killing six bus passengers and injuring 34 others.
No one aboard the Via Rail Canada passenger train, which was derailed, was hurt, the authorities said.
The accident took place at the end of the morning rush hour under clear skies.
Several passengers aboard the packed OC Transpo bus, which can carry about 90 people, told reporters that while it was clear they were going to crash into the train, the driver seemed to brake only immediately before hitting the locomotive.
"People started screaming, 'Stop! Stop!' because they could see the train coming down the track," a university student, Tanner Trepanier, told The Canadian Press news agency.
An onlooker, Mark Cogan, told reporters the bus driver "went through the guard rail and just hammered the train and then it was just mayhem.