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 1897, October 27 - Rear of train collides with front portion at Iroquois, some twenty cars derailed. One injury



From the Ottawa Citizen 28 October 1897

The Train Parted
Tail End of a Freight Dashed Into the Front Portion
Iroquois Ont. Oct. 27 At seven-thirty this morning, a freight train, composed of about thirty cars, broke in two near the middle, some two miles west of this station. The front part of the train ran into the station and stopped for water. The rear part came more slowly, but there was a considerable downgrade. With a gathering momentum it crashed against the stationary cars, smashing about twenty of them. Most of the cars kept their places on the track, but at two or three points they were telescoped. They were principally loaded with grain, which is scattered along the track for about forty rods to the depth of several inches.
The brakeman on the rear of the train, not knowing the cars had parted, and the fog being very dense at the time,stepped off, falling in front of the train, and had a miraculous escape from being run over. He is severely, but, it is thought, not fatally injured. Assistance was soon procured from Brockville, and a large gang of men with a wrecking train are clearing the debris.

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