Details of Railway Accidents in the Ottawa Area



  1880, February 3 - head-on collision at Franktown.



Ottawa Citizen 6 Feb 1880

Brockville 4th.  It appears that the train which arrives here at 7.40 in the evening is timed to cross the express going to Ottawa at Carleton Place Junction but last evening the Grand Trunk train was over an hour late and the Ottawa train waited for it.  After waiting at Carleton Place for some time, the conductor of the express coming south received an order from the train dispatcher to cross the Ottawa train at Franktown.  The above train proceeded to Franktown and the conductor and engineer went into the station to receive their orders.  The station master was out, he having gone down the track to signal the train coming from the south.  The conductor and engineer on coming out of the station house heard the other train coming, when the engineer jumped on his engine and reversed her, but by this time the train from the south was in close proximity and a collision could not be avoided.  The engineer and fireman of the express coming south jumped and the two engines came together with a crash.  The engine on the Ottawa train was not much damaged but the other was badly smashed, but not bad enough to stop its backward motion.  It ran the train back for nearly two miles, the only employee on board being a brakeman who at last succeeded in stopping the train.  The night was very stormy and signals could only be observed a short distance.  An investigation will be held when further particulars may be expected.

The same account also appeared in the Quebec Saturday Budget of 7 Februaty 1880



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