Passengers screamed for bus driver to stop before collision with train


Associated Press

Posted on September 18, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 18 at 9:04 AM

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Passengers on a double-decker transit bus in the Canadian capital of Ottawa say they were screaming for the driver to stop, just before the bus collided with a passenger train at a crossing today.

Police say six people were killed. Thirty others were injured, 11 critically.

One man who was on the bus says passengers could see the train bearing down on them as the bus approached the crossing.

Witnesses say the bus appeared to go through a lowered crossing barrier, plowing directly into the side of the passing, four-car train. The locomotive and one passenger car derailed, but there are no reports of major injuries to anyone on the train.

The crash occurred just outside a suburban train station.

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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 AJW504: Emergency personnel look over the crash scene following a Via Rail train and city bus collision in Ottawa's west end Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. Multiple people were killed when a passenger train collided with a city bus at a crossing at the peak of morning rush hour, police said Wednesday. Rescue crews swarmed over the wreckage. The injured from the bus who would walk were taken to a second bus nearby to be treated by paramedics. The train tracks in the area cross both a major city street and a transit line reserved for buses only. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld) (18 Sep 2013)

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