CORNWALL, Ontario - Cornwall and area residents who have family and friends who live, and more importantly commute, in Ottawa are waiting for news out of the capital today.
A train-bus crash has killed at least six people, including five at the scene in the Barrhaven area of Ottawa. One later died in hospital. Police confirmed the bus driver was one of those killed.
The collision occured just before 9 a.m. Wednesday.
The entire front of the double-decker OC Transpo bus was sheered off, and the Via passenger train derailed a short distance down the track. There were about 100 people on the train.
The bus route was #76.
At least a dozen people were injured in the crash. Witnesses at the scene suggested the bus did not stop at the rail crossing and that both the safety arms and lights were functioning properly at the time.
Thirty-one people were transferred to hospital, and 11 were in critical condition.
Social media lit up Wednesday morning with details of the crash, and pleas from many people looking to determine if their loved ones were on the bus or train.
Many former Cornwall and area residents have moved to Ottawa.
A so-called "family reunification centre" has been opened in the capital at the nearby Nepean Sportsplex, and updates on the incident are being posted to ottawa.ca.
Ottawa officials, during a morning news conference, told reporters the next of kin of victims are being notified.
We will update this story, with as much detail as we can concerning the identity of victims, as information becomes available.