6 killed, 30 injured as Canada passenger train, bus collide
OTTAWA, ONTARIO (AP) - A double-decker bus collided with a passenger train in Canada's capital on Wednesday, ripping off the front of the bus and killing six 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.
Officials said 30 people were injured, 11 critically. The crash in Ottawa occurred at the peak of morning rush hour. The cause was not yet clear, said Mr John Manconi with bus operator OC Transpo.
It was Canada's second major rail accident this year. It comes just months after an oil train derailed and exploded in a Quebec town in July, killing 47 people.
Witnesses said the bus plowed through a lowered crossing barrier and directly into the side of the passing, four-car train. The locomotive and one passenger car derailed. Via Rail said there were no reports of major injuries to train passengers or crew. Via Rail cancelled trains on its Ottawa-Toronto route.