09/18/2013 10:56 EDT | Updated 11/18/2013 05:12 EST

Via train, Ottawa bus crash: eyewitness accounts

Witnesses to today's crash in Ottawa involving a double-decker bus and a Via Rail train bound for Toronto recall the moments leading up to the deadly incident.

David Hugill, passenger aboard the train:

"I think it's not a big deal for folks who were on the train. But it can't be said for the bus, which looks like it's in pretty rough shape."

"It's horrible. What can I say? It was really undramatic on the train. It certainly didn't feel like it was an incident of that magnitude from where we were sitting."

"It was a little clip sound and then a rumble and then we were off the rails."

"No one really had a sense of what was happening."

Robert Evraire, who was waiting to board the train at the next stop:

“I was looking down the track. The train was coming east to west. The next thing you know, I see the train coming, and the light disappeared on the train, and I just see the debris flying and there wasn’t much of a sound. Then the train started to slide to its right and black smoke was coming up.”

Evraire said from where he was standing, he couldn’t see whether the safety gates were down at the time of the crash, or whether the bus had been moving or stationary.

Emergency crews responded “pretty quick, within minutes,” he said. First police arrived, followed by ambulances.

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