POLITICS

Selected quotes from Wednesday's deadly bus-train crash in Ottawa

09/18/2013 04:13 EDT | Updated 11/18/2013 05:12 EST
OTTAWA - Some of what witnesses, observers and political figures had to say in the wake of Wednesday's deadly train-bus crash in Ottawa:

"It was crazy. People were flying. I saw limbs ... it was crazy." — Romi Gupta, a 40-year-old downtown office worker who said she was one of the last passengers to board the bus before the crash.

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"People started screaming, 'Stop, stop!' because they could see the train coming down the track." — University student Tanner Trepanier, who was in the upper level of the new, double-decker OC Transpo bus.

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"It is overwhelming to imagine the suffering that is going on. We have had other mass casualties, but not for many years. This one is definitely tragic." — Dr. Andrew Falconer of the Queensway-Carleton Hospital.

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"It's pretty sombre right now. There are lots if hugs being given out and people are being consoled." — Dave Fraser, a disaster management volunteer with the Canadian Red Cross who was helping people track down missing loved ones.

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"This type of investigation is going to get a priority from the Transportation Safety Board. It is something we have been watching." — Board official Glen Pilon, saying that crashes at level crossings have long been on the board's watch list.

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"The identification and notification process is difficult. It takes time, and out of respect to the victims and their families, it is important that we get it right." — Ottawa police Chief Charles Bordeleau, explaining the time it takes to identify victims.

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"This is a difficult day for everyone in the city." — Bordeleau.

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"On behalf of all Canadians, Laureen and I extend our thoughts and prayers to all those affected by this tragedy." — Prime Minister Stephen Harper in a written statement.

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"My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families of the VIA Rail/OC Transpo crash in Ottawa this morning." — Transport Minister Lisa Raitt on Twitter.

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"Heartbroken for the victims of the OC Transpo/VIA Rail collision in Ottawa this morning. We are closely monitoring #Barrhaven." — Pierre Poilievre, minister of state and MP whose riding includes the crash site.

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"Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the terrible accident this morning between a VIA Rail train and an OC Transpo commuter bus in Ottawa. We are deeply saddened and offer our condolences to the families and communities who have lost loved ones in this tragedy." — NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.

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"I was terribly saddened to hear of the fatal train and bus collision in Ottawa this morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those families and friends who have been affected by this devastating accident." — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

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