On Sept. 18, at 8:48 a.m. ET, an OC Transpo double-decker bus travelling Route 76 north from Barrhaven to downtown Ottawa crossed a level rail crossing and struck Via Rail passenger train 51 travelling west.
In the resulting collision the front end of the bus sheared off, six people were killed and more than 30 people were injured.
It was an incident that shook the community of Barrhaven, the city of Ottawa and prompted the TSB investigation that is expected to take months to complete.
TSB investigators were on site running double-decker buses through the railway crossing at 8:48 a.m. ET Saturday to learn more about factors that could have contributed to the crash.
The CBC’s Ashley Burke said investigators are examining the driver’s perception including the visibility of the train, any sound or visual cues, as well as the sight lines from the road and any environmental factors.
Ottawa police also said they would be at the crash site conducting a parallel investigation near the intersection of Fallowfield Road and Woodroffe Avenue, until 2 p.m. ET Saturday. OC Transpo said Routes 94 and 95 would be detoured until 2 p.m. between Fallowfield and West Hunt Club roads due to the investigation.
Police also said Woodroffe would be closed for periods of time between Fallowfield and Slack roads as they conducted their own investigation.
This past week, five of the six crash victims were laid to rest:
- Michael Bleakney, 57, a civil servant.
- Karen Krzyzewski, 53, a civil servant.
- Rob More, 35, who worked at IBM.
- Kyle Nash, 21, a university student.
- Connor Boyd, 21, a university student.
The memorial service for the bus driver, 45-year-old Dave Woodard, is being held this Wednesday, Oct. 2.
This past week, Ottawa police said they had possible new information about the crash after a man passed along amateur video of the crash, which will be added to evidence being gathered.
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