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Canada crash: 'Five dead, six with serious injuries'

Ottawa Fire Services spokesman Marc Messier told CTV News the initial estimate was that five people have been killed.

He later told CBC News that six or more others have been taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Emergency services claim five people are dead Credit: Reuters
The train slewed off the tracks after the impact Credit: Reuters

VIA Rail, which operates the national passenger service in Canada, confirmed the crash and said there were no major injuries reported on the train.

The front of the train shows traces of the impact of the bus Credit: Reuters

Ottawa crash witness: 'It was just mayhem'

The accident just outside a suburban station in the city's west end caused Via Rail to cancel trains on its Ottawa-Toronto route.

Witness Mark Cogan told C424 TV said the rail barrier was down.

"The train is going through," Cogan said. "And I was just looking around, just watching things happen.

"And noticed that in the bus lane, the double-decker bus ... I saw him, and he just kept going.

"I just thought maybe there's a side way around or something, but instantly, he just . he smoked the train.

"He went through the guard rail and just hammered the train, and then it was just mayhem."