Editorial: Probing the OC Transpo bus crash

By the Editor, Ottawa Citizen, January 14, 2019

As all of Ottawa mourns the dead and prays for the injured, tough questions are already being asked about Friday’s tragic crash of an OC Transpo double-decker bus at Westboro Station.

Was ice on the Transitway a factor in the crash? Did late-afternoon sunlight impede the driver’s vision? How fast was the bus going? What were the personal circumstances of the driver? Of the passengers? Were there mechanical issues of any sort with the Alexander Dennis E500 double-decker bus itself? Were there training issues? Are such double-deckers somehow less solid or stable than other buses? Is there anything about the Transitway design, or architecture and state of the stations themselves, that could have contributed to the crash? Should the city ask outside experts, such as the Transportation Safety Board, to lead the investigation?


Connect with us