OTTAWA, Ontario (AP)
A passenger train collided with a double-decker bus in Canada’s capital Wednesday, ripping off the front of the bus and killing five people, 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.
The crash in Ottawa occurred at the peak of morning rush hour.
It was Canada’s worst train accident since an oil train derailed and exploded in a Quebec town in July, killing dozens of people.
A number of bus passengers were injured, Ottawa Fire spokesman Mark Messier told CP24 television. Via Rail posted a message on Twitter saying there were no reports of major injuries to train passengers or crew. The locomotive and one passenger car derailed.
Witnesses said the bus plowed directly into the side of the passing, four-car train.
Another witness, Mark Cogan, said the rail barrier was down.
Via Rail canceled trains on its Ottawa-Toronto route after the accident, which occurred just outside a suburban train station, Fallowfield.
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