Government officials on all levels are offering thoughts and condolences for the victims, as well as thanks to first responders after a double-decker OC Transpo bus collision, which claimed three lives at Ottawa's Westboro Station.
The incident happened Friday at 3:50 p.m., injuring 23 and sending 17 to hospital.
Nepean's MP said the crash reminded her of another devastating incident involving an OC Transpo bus in Barrhaven back in 2013.
I want to send my deepest condolences to the families of victims and everyone affected by today’s tragic bus crash in Ottawa. Thank you to the first responders who rushed to help - we’re monitoring the situation closely.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 12, 2019
Devastated to hear about those who lost their lives and were injured following the horrific bus collision at Westboro Station in Ottawa. My thoughts are with the victims and their families this evening. Thank you to the first responders who are working to help all those affected.— Doug Ford (@fordnation) January 11, 2019
Horrible news in Ottawa. Our thoughts are with those on the bus and at Westboro station, the families of those who died, and loved ones waiting for news.— Andrea Horwath (@AndreaHorwath) January 11, 2019
Our thanks to the emergency crews working tirelessly in the freezing temperatures to assist the victims.
A tragic day for our City. We are reminded of the terrible Barrhaven OC/VIA crash and how difficult it was for victims families, those who survived and our first responders so our thoughts are with those impacted in this horrific crash. We are a strong and supportive community. https://t.co/d6lwzmeeXF— Lisa MacLeod (@MacLeodLisa) January 12, 2019
I was shocked to hear of this horrific incident at Westboro Station. My first thoughts are with those who have been injured and their families. I have asked staff to ensure all necessary resources are made available to assist them through this difficult time. 1/2— Jim Watson (@JimWatsonOttawa) January 11, 2019
Westboro final update: Our operations have concluded and we have cleared the scene. We are confirming 23 injuries and 3 fatalities. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this tragedy and their families. Thank you for all the kind words that were sent our way.— Ottawa Paramedic Svc (@OttawaParamedic) January 12, 2019
Our thoughts are with all those affected by the tragic bus crash in #Ottawa today. If you are looking for loved ones you can call the Red Cross reunification line at 1 855 797 8875.— Red Cross in Ontario (@RedCrossTalk) January 12, 2019