The widow of Ottawa bus driver Dave Woodard says she's certain the crash wasn't his fault.
Terry Woodward fought back tears as she repeatedly stressed that point while discussing the horrific crash between her husband's double-decker bus and a Toronto-bound Via Rail train in southwestern Ottawa Wednesday morning.
Dave Woodard, 46, was among six people killed when the bus smashed into the train at a level crossing.
"I read in the media people saying it was his fault and I want to say please don't blame him," Terry told QMI Agency Thursday morning. "It's crazy because he wouldn't have a made a mistake."
She said Dave was "careful and cautious" and she is sure if something went wrong, it must have been with the bus.
"I wonder about the brakes," she said. "I don't know."
But she said her heart goes out to the families of all of those killed.
"I just want to make sure those families know," she said. "He had told me how heavy these (double-decker) buses were. He told me they were very heavy and tough to drive."
On the John Oakley Show on AM640 she said her husband didn't like to drive them but didn't have a choice.
She told QMI Agency Dave was very well trained and certified to drive the double-decker.
With that in mind, she said she knows he wouldn't have been carelessly speeding.
"He was not reckless. No way," she said. "He was loved by his passengers. That man didn't have a bad bone in his body."
She said he had no medical or substance abuse problems.
"It was a normal day," she said of Wednesday. "He was fine."
She said her and the family have been in a state of shock since they received the news.
She met Dave 25 years ago and they have an 18-year-old daughter together and he helped raise her two sons from a previous relationship.
"He's a wonderful man," she said. "We are all a wreck."
In fact, the day before the crash Dave put together a "wonderful" 50th birthday surprise for Terry.
"He brought me flowers and balloons," she said.
She hopes in time people will remember him for what he was and not the crash.
“Only one person will know (what really happened) and it's him and he brought it with him," she said.
She said no matter what anybody says, she's sure a mechanical problem caused the crash.