OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The driver of a double-decker bus is among six people killed after the bus collided with a passenger train today in the Canadian capital of Ottawa.
All six of the dead were on the bus. Officials say 30 people were hurt, including 10 with critical injuries. There were no major injuries among passengers and crew on the train.
Witnesses said the bus went through a closed crossing barrier. Passengers say they screamed for the driver to stop, just before the bus plowed into the side of the train.
One bus passenger says he doesn't think the driver noticed that the signals were flashing and the barrier was down. Another passenger says she wonders if the driver had blacked out. She says he didn't slow down before the bus hit the train.
It was Canada's second major rail accident this year. It comes after an oil train derailed and exploded in a Quebec town in July, killing 47 people.
162-a-06-(Rob Gencarelli (ghen-cahr-EHL'-ee), passenger, in interview)-"to flip over"-Passenger Rob Gencarelli described what it was like on a Canadian train involved in a collision with a bus. COURTESY: CTV ((mandatory on-air credit))((embargo Canada)) (18 Sep 2013)
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163-a-07-(Rob Gencarelli (ghen-cahr-EHL'-ee), passenger, in interview)-"a little bit"-Passenger Rob Gencarelli says he was trying to get some work done on the train when the collision happened. COURTESY: CTV ((mandatory on-air credit))((embargo Canada)) (18 Sep 2013)
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GRAPHICSBANK: OC Transpo city bus damaged from collision with VIA Rail train at crossing, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, partial graphic (18 Sep 2013)
APPHOTO AJW518: Officials investigate at the scene of a Via Rail train and city bus collision in Ottawa's west end Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. The collision at a level crossing took place at the peak of the morning commute. Passengers on the bus say they screamed at the driver to stop just before the crash, and witnesses on the ground said the bus plowed directly into the side of the passing, four-car train. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld) (18 Sep 2013)
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APPHOTO AJW516: Officials investigate at the scene of a Via Rail train and city bus collision in Ottawa's west end Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. A double-decker bus collided with a passenger train, ripping off the front of the bus police said. Witnesses said the bus went through a closed crossing barrier, and passengers said they screamed "Stop, stop!" at the driver just before impact. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld) (18 Sep 2013)
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