Experts say safety board should probe bus crash

© Provided by Transport Canada officials look at the scene where a double-decker city bus struck a transit shelter at the start of the afternoon rush hour on Friday, at Westboro Station in Ottawa, on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

Experts are calling on the federal transportation safety board to investigate a deadly bus crash in Ottawa to prevent similar incidents from occurring again.

Ahmed Shalaby, a civil engineering professor at the University of Manitoba, said the Transportation Safety Board should be involved in probing the deadly crash to ensure the probe is transparent and recommendations are made to improve safety across the country.

"The bus was carrying 90 passengers," he said. "Is that not important enough to warrant a federal safety investigation? If it isn't, then what is?"

On Friday afternoon, a double-decker bus operated by local transportation agency OC Transpo hopped a curb and struck a transit shelter, carving deep into the vehicle's upper level and crushing a number of seats.

A local hospital said one person remains in critical condition, six are listed as serious and four are in stable condition.

The safety board confirmed that they are not investigating the bus crash as the federal independent agency only probes marine, pipeline, rail and air incidents.

"If this bus were a train, the (board) would immediately investigate. That's not enough to make a difference to me," said Shalaby, who is also the chair of resea....

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