Six dead in collision between train and bus in Ottawa

Wednesday 18 September 2013 22.24
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The front of the bus was sheared off in the collision
The front of the bus was sheared off in the collision
The crash occurred in the rural west end of the city
The crash occurred in the rural west end of the city
The train was heading to Toronto when the crash happened
The train was heading to Toronto when the crash happened
The double-decker bus was hit on a level crossing
The double-decker bus was hit on a level crossing
Around 30 people were taken to hospital
Around 30 people were taken to hospital
Six people were killed in crash
Six people were killed in crash

At least six people have been killed after a passenger train collided with a double-decker city bus in the Canadian capital, Ottawa.

Emergency officials said 30 other people were hospitalised with 11 people in critical condition.

Television images showed a heavily damaged bus, with firefighters and ambulances at the scene.

The front of the bus appeared to be sheared off by the collision.

VIA Rail, which operates the national passenger service in Canada, confirmed the crash and said there were no major injuries reported on the train, which was heading to Toronto.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he was "deeply saddened" to hear about the collision.

The crash occurred in the rural west end of Ottawa at a level crossing surrounded by corn fields.

Ottawa Paramedic Service chief Anthony DiMonte said five bus passengers were declared dead at the scene, while a sixth person died later.

A deadly train crash killed 50 people and destroyed the centre of Lac-Megantic town in Quebec on 6 July.

Canada's two big train companies - Canadian National Railway Co and Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd – are currently reviewing safety standards following that crash.