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Ottawa retiring number of bus in fatal 2013 collision with Via train

An OC Transpo bus collided with a Via Rail train in the Ottawa suburb of Barrhaven on Sept. 18, 2013. The bus’s route number, 76, is being retired by the Ottawa transit authority.

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The city of Ottawa is retiring the route number of a bus involved in a devastating collision with a Via Rail train almost a year ago.

OC Transpo Route 76 will run its last trip on Aug. 29.

The city says it's being retired out of respect for the families of those who died in the horrific crash.

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A double-decker 76 bus plowed through a flashing level crossing and into a passing Via Rail train on Sept. 18 last year, killing six people and injuring at least 30 others.

The collision sheared off the front of the bus and knocked the Via locomotive and one of four passenger cars off the tracks.

The Transportation Safety Board is still investigating the cause of the crash.

A new route, 72, will begin Sept. 2 and will offer the same express services from the suburb of Barrhaven to the downtown core.

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