Investigation into bus crash that killed 3 in Ottawa continues

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Ottawa police are preparing for a "long, detailed and complex" investigation into how a double-decker bus slammed into a bus shelter late Friday afternoon - killing three people and injuring almost two dozen more - but are offering no clear theories. Pictures posted to social media show a large presence of first responders at the busy transit station, and substantial damage to the front end of the bus.

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

The driver of OC Transpo's double-decker bus was released unconditionally pending further investigation.

Bordeleau made it clear while police expect to release the scene Saturday, work collecting evidence, analyzing photos, videos and data, along with interviewing the almost 90 people on the bus is going to be a "slow, painstaking process".

"It's important that the public does not read into the fact that she was arrested", Bordeleau said during a press conference on Saturday. The bus driver was arrested.

The investigation will take a long time and likely will mean the closure of the busway and nearby roads for at least many hours, Bordeleau said.

"Outstanding investigators are doing that work, but it takes time", Bordeleau said.

The bus has a capacity of 90 people, both sitting and standing. The bus was headed to Kanata, a more distant Ottawa suburb.

Ontario's Ministry of Transportation and Transport Canada remain involved in the investigation, he added.

Those who have pictures or video of the crash are being asked to get in touch with police, while passengers on the bus missing property are also asked to reach out.

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson tweeted he was shocked to hear of the "horrific incident".

Watson publicly thanked the many politicians at various levels of government for their calls of support "as our city continues to cope with the tragic events of the past 24 hours".

This the second major crash in recent years involving an Ottawa transit bus. The investigation into that case found the cause was a combination of excessive speed, a hard curve before the tracks and driver distraction.

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