Details of Railway Accidents in the Ottawa Area



1879, September 12 - Conductor killed when his head struck a bridge near Renfrew



Renfrew Mercury - 13 September 1879

The conductor of the C.C. freight train, Mr. Thos. Malone, was instantly killed yesterday afternoon while the train was passing under the bridge at Mansfield, opposite Mr. Malloch's mill.  He had gone on the roof of the car looking after some tramps whom he suspected were on board, when his head came in contact with one of the beams of the bridge dislocating his neck.  This is the third or fourth fatal accident that has occurred in the same place, from the same cause.  Arnprior Review.
There is a full account in the Renfrew Mercury of 20 September.
Coroner's jury verdict: "The deceased came by his death from his head accidentally coming in contact with Dockart bridge railway crossing while on top  of the car in discharge of his duty; and we recommend that this being the third accident of a similar fatal nature which has occurred at this locality, that the attention of the railway company be called to the fact, so that accidents be prevented , or danger in future, if possible, be obliterated."



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