Train passenger David Hugill tells CBC News Network that there was no indication anything was wrong, beyond "a little clip sound." Accident did not seem threatening on the train.
"It's horrible. What can I say? It was really undramatic on the train. It certainly didn't feel like it was an incident of that magnitude from where we were sitting. What can I say? It's a brutal, brutal thing. We're fragile little creatures." - David Hugill, passenger on train involved in crash.
From @VIA_Rail: "VIA Operations Update - Due to accident, trains on Ottawa-Toronto route cancelled. Alternative arrangements being made. Details to follow."
Transportation Safety Board of Canada spokesman Chris Krepski tells CBC News Network investigation could take a year. "Obviously we'll let the first responders do their work. Once their work is complete we'll start to take a closer look at the accident scene, document the wreckage, take some photos of the wreckage. We'll also take a very close look at the crossing design, what the sightlines were at the crossing, whether or not any kind of warning or protection systems at the crossing were working. We'll also examine the data from the locomotive event recorder, similar to a black box on an aircraft, which documents what controls were being used at the time of the crash." They will also conduct interviews, he said.
Gregory Mech, a passenger on the bus, speaks to CBC News: "From what I can tell the bus driver did not notice that these train tracks signal lights were on and the gates were down. People screamed on the bus shortly before the crash because he was not stopping."
Gregory Mech, bus passenger: "I could see that there were bodies on the train tracks. It was horrible. There's just no other way to explain it. Some people were upset and crying. People were mentally stressed out. People were just trying to figure out what happened."
Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson: "We join all members of council in expressing our deepest condolences to all those who were affected by this terrible tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost loved ones."