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Giant sinkhole, pedestrian death close downtown Ottawa roads

02/21/2014 07:24 EST | Updated 04/23/2014 05:59 EDT
A pedestrian has been killed after a vehicle struck her near the intersection of Rideau and Waller streets in Ottawa this morning, the CBC's Ryan Gibson reports.

Ottawa police say a transport truck hit the woman along Rideau near Waller at about 6 a.m., which is near the Rideau Centre mall.

Police would not confirm the woman died in the crash, but Gibson said a body was covered in a yellow tarp at the crash site.

No other details have been released, but police have closed Rideau’s eastbound lanes between Dalhousie and Cumberland streets, as well as Waller between Rideau and Besserer Street.

Police are investigating the crash.

OC Transpo also said there were detours in place for Routes 7, 12, 14 and 18 to take buses off of Rideau.

Giant sinkhole near University of Ottawa

Near the same time as that crash, police also reported a large sinkhole on Waller Street, just south of Laurier Avenue.

Police said the road collapsed leaving a hole that was about 8 metres wide and 12 metres deep near the University of Ottawa and the Transitway.

Police said the road will be closed for the day and only pedestrians are allowed through the intersection. 

Passengers said buses were backed up on the westbound Transitway to the Lees station due to the sinkhole, while vehicles were backed up on Laurier east of Waller.

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