Police identify six people killed in Ottawa bus-train crash

OTTAWA – Police have identified all six people killed in Wednesday’s deadly level-crossing crash between a city bus and a Via Rail train.

They are Michael Bleakney, 57, Connor Boyd, 21, Karen Krzyzewski, 53, Kyle Nash, 21, Rob More, 35, and Dave Woodard, the 45-year-old bus driver.

Meanwhile, Transportation Safety Board investigators recovered data recorders from the bus and locomotive involved in the accident.

A board spokeswoman says the agency will have to get help dealing with the recorder from the double-decker OC Transpo bus because it doesn’t normally deal with bus accidents.

“The one on the bus we are not used to,” said Julie Leroux.

The board has said it may take months to unravel why the driver drove the crowded bus through a lowered safety barrier and ran into the train just outside a Via station in the western suburbs.

Rail crews worked overnight to get the Via Rail passenger train back on the tracks.

The crash, which ripped the front off the bus, occurred at a level crossing on a transitway dedicated to bus traffic.

Witnesses said the bus didn’t stop as lights flashed, bells rang and safety barriers dropped across the road at the approach of the train, which was slowing for a station stop.

Passengers on the bus frantically shouted “Stop! Stop!” seconds before the impact.

Colleagues have described the bus driver as conscientious and a good workmate.

Rob Johnston, lead investigator for the safety board, said work on the site may continue into Friday.

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