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."

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