A bus that crashed into a day care center in a Montreal suburb Monday left eight people seriously injured, including children, authorities told AFP.
Police did not immediately share the cause of the crash, though parents who witnessed the collision said it looked like it could have been on purpose.
“I helped subdue the driver who got off the bus,” one father told Radio Canada, crying. His wife said the man was “half undressed” and some parents saw him “ram deliberately into the daycare.”
The bus driver is under arrest, according to Quebec Public Safety Minister Francois Bonnardel, with police investigating whether the crash was intentional.
Several children became trapped under the vehicle after it slammed into the building at around 8:30 am (1330 GMT), officials said.
“We count at the moment eight seriously injured,” emergency services official Marianne Lessard told AFP as rescue operations continued.
Images of the scene show the bus smashed into a side of the building which is not located near the road or a parking lot. Part of the roof collapsed on top of the front of the vehicle.
“A large perimeter has been deployed” around the partly destroyed building, police in the city of Laval, where the day care is located, told AFP.
Victims were taken to Sainte-Justine hospital, which confirmed several were severely injured.