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Via Rail to resume Toronto-Ottawa service after deadly bus-train crash

A Via Rail train collided with an Ottawa OC Transpo bus during this morning rush hour September 18, 2013 in Ottawa.

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Via Rail says it expects to resume train service between Toronto and Ottawa today.

Via has been busing passengers between Ottawa and Brockville, Ont., since Wednesday when an bus slammed into a Via train in suburban Ottawa.

Six people on the bus – including the driver – were killed when the front of the double-decker was sheared off when it hit the train during the morning commute.

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Transportation Safety Board investigators say they've recovered data recorders from the bus and locomotive involved in the accident.

A board spokeswoman says the agency will have to get help dealing with the recorder from the OC Transpo bus because it doesn't normally deal with bus accidents.

The data from the train recorder has been downloaded and is being analyzed.

The board has said it may take months to unravel why the crowded bus went through a lowered safety barrier and ran into the train just outside the Via station.

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