Update: Westboro Collision scene released

Posted On Saturday January 12, 2019

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Saturday, January 12, 2019                    7:10pm 

Update: Westboro Collision scene released

(Ottawa) — The Ottawa Police Collision Investigation Unit has completed its documentation of the collision scene at Westboro Station. The area has been released back to the City of Ottawa and OC Transpo. 

Please follow the City of Ottawa for any updates on the re-opening of the Transitway.

Local Police road closures have been lifted.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Saturday, January 12, 2019               2:05pm 

Statement from Chief Bordeleau and Sgt. Graham on investigation into Westboro Station bus collision 

Statement per Media availability at 1:00pm 

Chief Charles Bordeleau comments:

Good afternoon, thank you for joining us today. We have been receiving a number of media requests and we want to keep the community informed on this ongoing investigation.

I want to begin by thanking all of the first responders, the medical staff at our hospitals and City of Ottawa staff who continue to support those affected by this tragedy.

This type of event has an impact on our entire community and I know that all of our thoughts are with those people who were on the bus or at the bus station yesterday as well as their friends and loved ones.

I want to introduce Sgt. Cameron Graham with our Collisions Investigations Unit. He is responsible for the section that is investigating this incident.

We are available to answer your questions. Please keep in mind that this is an active police investigation and we will be limited in what we can say.

However, we want to be as transparent as possible because we know the community has questions about how this occurred.

Sgt Cameron Graham Collision Investigation Unit comments:

This will be a long, detailed and complex investigation. We are reviewing all aspects of the collision including the vehicle, roadway, weather and the driver’s actions.


Our job is to determine what caused this collision so we can learn from it and prevent such tragedies in the future.

We will also be examining the facts for any offences.

The bus remains on scene. We are flying our Collision Investigation (CIU) drone today to document overhead imaging and assist in the reconstruction of the collision.  We expect to make a number of flights.

We are also gathering day time photos, taking measurements, speaking with witnesses, collecting video and photos, conducting calculations to determine speed, and inspecting the vehicle and its maintenance records. We are also looking at human factors.

Six CIU investigators are assigned to this case and are being supported by investigators from other sections.

Our Victim Crisis Unit is supporting those injured in the collision as well as the families and loved ones of those who suffered fatal injuries.

We will not be identifying any of the victims at this time. The identification process is still underway.

This is a complicated process and needs to be done right.

The driver of the bus was released by police unconditionally pending further investigation.

The bus holds 90 people. We believe it was at or near full capacity.

We are looking for anyone who was on the bus to identify themselves to police.

If you were on the bus and have not spoken to police yet, please contact us.

Anyone with information on the collision is also asked to contact our Collision investigators at 613-236-1222 ext. 2481.

Finally, we have collected a significant amount of property from the scene and are working to return those items to their owners. If you were on the bus and are missing property please send an email to collisions@ottawapolice.ca with a description of what you are missing and pictures if possible.

Thank you.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Saturday, January 12, 2019                       7:45am 

Update: Bus Collision at Westboro Station

(Ottawa)-  The Ottawa Police Service Collision Investigation Unit (CIU) continues to investigate yesterday's collision that left 23 people injured and another three people with fatal injuries.

Investigators worked through the night to positively identify all three victims and contact their families and loved ones. That work continues this morning and no information on the identity of the three will be released at this time. 

The driver of the OC Transpo double-decker bus has been released unconditionally pending further investigation. 

CIU will continue its work this morning at Westboro station documenting the scene. Road closures remain in place near the scene of the collision and we ask for the public to avoid the area. 

Ottawa Police are also interviewing multiple witnesses and ask anyone who left the scene or has information about this collision is asked to call police at 613-236-1222 ext 2481. 

Updates will follow.  

Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by downloading the Ottawa Police app.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, January 11, 2019   7:10pm

Statement from Chief Bordeleau about the serious single vehicle collision at Westboro Station

(Ottawa)—This afternoon, at 3:50pm, our 911 communications centre received multiple calls about a collision involving an OC Transpo bus on the Transitway.

Cet après-midi vers 15h50, nous avons reçus plusieurs appels quant à une collision impliquant un autobus d’OC Transpo.

Multiple officers and emergency responders arrived at scene.

They found an OC Transpo double-decker bus, route number 269, had run into the bus platform at Westboro station.

There were multiple injuries both on the bus and on the platform.

The upper deck on the bus was compromised and several people were trapped on the upper level for a period of time.

Most of the most serious injuries occurred on the upper right side of the bus.

Twenty three people were injured in the collision. Sadly, three people suffered fatal injuries.

Il y a eu 23 blessés et 3 décès.

Je veux exprimer mes condoléances de la part de toute la communauté et des répondants d’urgence aux amis et familles de toutes ces personnes.

I want to express the sorrow and condolences of our entire community and all first responders to the loved ones and family of those individuals.

Several of the injured remain in serious condition and we continue to monitor the situation.

I want to thank the first responders from Ottawa Fire, Ottawa Paramedics, Ottawa Police and OC Transpo Special Constables who worked to help the injured, free those trapped and provide care and comfort to all involved.

This was a very difficult and chaotic scene.

Emergency responders were able to take control and assist those injured.

An investigation is now underway on the cause of the collision. Along with the dozens of police who arrived on scene, six Collision Investigation Unit officers are investigating this matter.

The driver of the bus was detained on scene by police and will be interviewed.

Le chauffeur de l’autobus a été détenu et sera questionné.

Nous interrogeons plusieurs témoins. Si vous étiez à la scène plus tôt ou vous avez des informations, appelez notre Unité des enquêtes sur les collisions au 613-236-1222, poste 2481.

We are also interviewing multiple witnesses and ask anyone who left the scene or has information about this collision to call Ottawa Police at 613-236-1222 ext 2481.

We are working with our partners from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation and Transport Canada.

MTO is assisting with the inspection of the bus.

Transport Canada is conducting a study on serious collisions.

This will be a long investigation and our investigators will be working through the night and into the morning to document the scene.

Ceci sera une longue enquête et nous serons à la scène cette nuit et demain matin.  Des fermetures de route seront en vigueur.

Road closures will remain in place and we ask people to continue to avoid the area.

We will update you on road openings. 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Friday, January 11, 2019   5:44pm 

Serious single vehicle collision at Westboro Station

(Ottawa)—Ottawa Emergency Services responded to an OC Transpo double-decker collision this afternoon at about 3:50p.m.

The single vehicle collision occurred at Westboro station.

At least 17 people were injured in the collision, some seriously. The injured have been transported to local hospitals.

Confirmation on extent of injuries will follow.

Emergency responders remain on scene. Please avoid the area.

The Ottawa Police Service Collision Investigation Unit is also on scene and will be investigating this incident. 

Further information will follow. 

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