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Old 09-18-2013, 08:11 AM
 
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Fatalities reported.

Passenger train collides with bus in Canadian capital, fatalities reported | Reuters
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Old 09-20-2013, 07:22 AM
 
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Would have thought CNN would have made a story out of it but i never heard it mentioned .
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Old 09-20-2013, 08:14 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Would have thought CNN would have made a story out of it but i never heard it mentioned .
It was posted on CNN web-site, but did not get as much coverage time as it should have, IMO:

'Stop! Stop! Stop!': Six dead after bus, VIA train collide in Ottawa - CNN.com
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Old 09-20-2013, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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When the first paramedic unit gets to the scene and radios back to control.....

We have six code black and five code 4 on the ground..................You know it's a mass casualty situation.

Code black is "obviously dead " as in decapitated or cut into pieces, with no vital signs, and code four is the most serious category of live patient. This is standard terminology, in EMS training, in Canada.

Looking at the actual damage to the double decker bus , it appears that the point of contact was right at the railway track. The crossing gate was broken off on the side that the bus came from. The damage to the bus was from the front windshield to three rows back from the front doors. All of the dead were seated in that section, including the driver.

A odd thing that I noticed on the CBC TV coverage..... of the six dead, only the driver didn't wear glasses. I got that from their identify photos.

The train was approaching a suburban station, to pick up passengers, so it's speed was reduced somewhat. There were white paint scrapes on the locomotive, from about five feet back from the front end, to the second passenger car. The locomotive derailed, slightly, but stayed upright, so did the passenger cars. No injuries on the train.

As of today, the line is re-opened, and service is back to normal for Via Rail, in that corridor.

Jim B

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Old 09-20-2013, 02:12 PM
 
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Seems odd that the bus driver would be so distracted as to run into a train.
With people yelling and screaming for him to stop and without the slightest indication of brake marks i think the guy either had a medical condition or he lost his brakes.
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