Message from Mayor and Transit Chair, September 18 2013:
As most Ottawa residents know by now, there has been a tragic collision between an OC Transpo bus and a VIA Rail train which occurred at around 8:50 this morning.
Emergency personnel are on the scene and have reported some fatalities as well as a number of persons injured.
We join with all Members of Council in expressing our deepest condolences to all those who are affected by this terrible tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost loved ones, have been injured or have loved ones who have been injured.
A Family Reunification Centre has been opened by the Ottawa Police Service at the Nepean Sportsplex. Families looking for loved ones may also contact 311.
The City’s Emergency Operations Centre has been activated and all available resources are being deployed to ensure that care is being provided to all persons involved at the scene.
We have asked that City flags at all City of Ottawa sites be immediately placed at half mast to signal the City of Ottawa’s sadness for the tragic loss of life.
A number of agencies will be looking into what transpired this morning, including the Ottawa Police, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada and the Coroner, but our focus as a City today is to care for those families who have lost a loved one as well as ensure we provide the best possible care for those who have been injured and affected by the accident.
Residents of Ottawa and City staff will be kept informed as developments unfold.
Jim Watson Diane Deans, Chair
Mayor Transit Commission