OC Transpo crash: Internal documents give glimpse into 'glacial' pace of work to improve bus safety

By Elizabeth Payne, Ottawa Citizen, May 28, 2019

Within hours of January’s deadly double-decker bus crash, Transport Canada officials were scrambling to put together information about what the department had been doing to improve bus safety since an earlier deadly crash in Ottawa involving an OC Transpo bus and a Via Rail train.

According to documents obtained by this newspaper through access to information, the answer was not very much when it came to making buses better able to withstand crashes.

There had been very little progress in developing so-called crashworthiness standards for large passenger buses, something recommended by the Transportation Safety Board after an OC Transpo bus collided with a train in 2013, killing six people.


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