'Bodies just flying through the windshield': Witnesses describe Ottawa bus crash

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Ottawa police say a double-decker city bus has struck a transit shelter, seriously injuring several people.

A double-deck city bus smashed into a transit shelter during rush hour on Friday.

Const. Amy Gagnon says officers worked through the night and identified the three victims and contacted their families. Their names will not be released at this time.

The OC Transpo driver was arrested following the horrific crash at the city's busy Westboro Station.

Bilal Gill, a passenger on the upper deck, told broadcaster CBC News that people at the front were pinned under their seats.

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During a press conference Friday, neither Police Chief Charles Bordeleau nor Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson would speculate on why the bus had left the road.

"It's just an terrible thing for us as a whole community, as a city, to go through", she said. He said police were still investigating the cause of the crash.

"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.

23 people were sustained injuries and have been taken to hospital.

"Fourteen of them were in critical condition and 11 [people were] in serious condition", Cassidy added.

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Ottawa police said in a tweet that the crash was "serious".

The driver was arrested and was being questioned by police, but the chief didn't provide details.

The bus was nearly at its 90-passenger capacity when the crash occurred, police say.

Sgt. Cameron Graham, of the force's collision investigation unit, said investigators would conduct multiple drone flights over the scene of the wreckage, as well as gather data from the vehicle itself and any available video surveillance.

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