On Wednesday, according to officials, a city bus struck a daycare facility north of Montreal, killing two kids and injuring six more.
The bus driver was detained and accused of reckless driving and homicide.
In Laval, Quebec, police erected a sizable perimeter around the daycare center, diverting alarmed parents who tried to rush inside to an elementary school.
The blocked road to the daycare was lined with dozens of police and emergency cars.
Erika Landry, a spokeswoman for the Laval police, said the driver was a 51-year-old employee but would not give his identity.
Approximately ten years have passed since the driver began working for Societe de transport de Laval, according to Laval Mayor Stéphane Boyer, and he has no incidents of note in his file.
According to Boyer, there is a suspicion that it was an intentional act, but the inquiry has yet to substantiate that. “As of today, we don’t know the motive,” Landry continued.
The driver allegedly walked out of the bus, took off all his clothes, and began yelling, according to a neighbor who lives close to the daycare. The man claimed that he and three other parents could subdue the driver with their help.
“After opening the bus door, the first thing he did was remove all of his clothing. …. No words were coming from his mouth; he was just yelling, according to Hamdi Benchaabane.
Benchaabane claimed that before police could handcuff the driver, he and the others had to strike the man to get him under control.
He claimed that the driver “was in another universe.”
Benchaabane claimed he could assist in removing one child from the daycare, and he and the others attempted to release a second child before firefighters told them to leave because the roof was in danger of collapsing.
He described what he saw as “a nightmare, I can’t believe it.” “It was awful.”
The bus collided with the daycare center’s front in aerial news footage from the site.
The bus driver would have had to veer off the road to hit the building because it was at the end of a driveway.
Justin Trudeau, the prime minister, stated that his staff was “closely following the issue.”
#WATCH: Laval police would not confirm the ages of the two young fatalities, but say that 6 other children remain in hospital, but their lives are out of danger. This, after a bus crashed into a daycare Wednesday morning, the driver arrested.
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