An accident involving a bus and a train took place on Wednesday during the rush hours, at around 8:48 a.m., in the capital of Canada. The bus driver ignored passengers who were screaming "Stop! Stop!" and crashed into a passenger train through the crossing barrier, leaving at least 30 injured and six dead including the driver himself.
According to media reports, three out of six people who got killed have been identified. However, the names were not released yet. In the meantime, 19 paramedic vehicles were dispatched and arrived at the site within 6 minutes.
Witness Mark Cogan told media reporters that the driver had "smoked" the train before hammering it. It has been reported by Ottawa officials that at least 10 among the injured were in critical condition. The accident happens to be the second major train accident in Canada in the last 3 months. Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson has termed the accident as the worst in the history of the city.
The driver who got killed in the accident has been identified as Dave Woodard by several sources. Mr Woodard was a veteran professional at OC Tanspo. He had a clean record before he got involved in the accident.
Several sources confirmed that Mr Woodard was the main person who was responsible for driving the transit bus when it crashed into the train near the intersection of Fallowfield Road and Woodroffe Avenue. Five people, including Mr Woodard, were pronounced dead on the spot while another died in a hospital later.
Additional blood was being supplied to area hospitals to treat the accident victims, according to Canadian Blood Services. The organisation has also informed that people have been calling them, showing willingness to donate blood to help victims. The organisation is encouraging everyone who is willing to donate blood to do so at any local blood clinic.
Transportation and Safety Board investigators have, meanwhile, reached the scene and are in the middle of leading the investigation. TSB informed that 11 staff members are presently on site to determine what might have gone wrong.
On the other hand, people are encouraged to call 311 for more information on their friends or relatives who might have been involved in the accident.