OTTAWA -- The emergency vehicles have long since left and the only indication of Wednesday's unimaginable horror -- six people dead, dozens injured when a double decker city bus slammed into a Via train -- is the expanding memorial dedicated to the victims.
As they lit candles at the site, Mario Remillard and his wife held each other and cried. Remillard's best friend, Karen Krzyzewski, was among those killed in the crash.
The couple can see the train station from their back porch. They ride buses regularly. And they knew the minute they heard about the crash there was a chance their friend was on board.
Remillard texted Krzyzewski, a friend of more than 30 years, saying, "I hope you took the early bus."
"I never heard from her," he said through tears.
The couple marvelled at the way the scene had already returned to normal.