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At least 17 injuries in Ottawa bus crash

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — A double-deck city bus smashed into a transit shelter during Friday’s rush hour, and Ottawa authorities said at least 17 people were injured, including several seriously.

The Ottawa Paramedic Service said there were multiple critical injuries, though no immediate reports of fatalities. Police confirmed at least 17 hurt.

Ottawa Hospital’s trauma center said it had received two patients “in critical condition” from the crash.

The accident happened at the Westboro station in a neighborhood west of downtown Ottawa.

Photos posted on Twitter shows extensive damage to the front of the bus, with the roof of a shelter pushed well into the bus’s second deck.

The crash snarled afternoon traffic as emergency crews descended on the scene.

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson tweeted that he was shocked to hear of the “horrific incident.”

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