OC Transpo is investigating what it called a 'serious incident' on the Confederation Line and there are reports it was an assault.
An anonymous source tells CityNews Ottawa, a man was violently assaulted on an LRT train near Rideau Station around 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8. They said the victim was taken to hospital for treatment and has since been released, while one person was arrested.
The source also said there was nothing to prevent the assault and, in their opinion, there needs to be more security on OC Transpo buses and trains.
In a tweet, OC Transpo said it was aware of a serious incident that occurred on O-Train Line 1, but offered few other details.
Good evening Ottawa,— OC Transpo (@OC_Transpo) December 9, 2022
We are aware of a serious incident that occurred on O-Train Line 1 this evening.
Our team is investigating this incident.
Our Special Constables Unit monitors our transit system 24/7 to ensure it continues to be safe for our customers. (1/2)
CityNews Ottawa reached out to the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) Friday morning, but the service offered no comment.
"Our special constables are currently completing their investigation with continued support from the Ottawa Police Service," a statement from the City of Ottawa to CityNews Ottawa read. "We cannot comment further on the incident as it is currently under criminal investigation."
The City confirms that the emergency intercom on the train where the incident took place was functional. An internal investigation has been launched to review the incident against our standard operating procedures.
"We can assure our customers that their concerns are being treated with the respect and seriousness they deserve," the statement said. "There are multiple layers of safety built into the design and operation of the O-Train system. Safety features such as passenger emergency intercoms, emergency phones, and closed-circuit television cameras are regularly tested to ensure they are fully functional."