Details of Railway Accidents in the Ottawa Area



1901, March 20 - CPR Toronto express runs through an open switch at St. Polycarpe, one fatality



Eastern Ontario Review Friday 22 March 1901

Accident at St, Polycarpe.
The Toronto express on the C.P.R. ran into an open switch at St. Polycarpe on Wednesday night. The train left the track and the engine fell over on Engineer Lumsden, of Smiths Falls. He was seriously injured. No passengers were dangerously hurt although all were badly bruised.
Engineer Lumsden has since died.


Eastern Ontario Review Friday 3 May 1901 and The Chesterville Record 2 May 1901

Will pay $3,000
The C.P.R. has consented to pay the family of George Lumsden, of Smiths Falls, the engineer who died as a result of an accident on the Montreal express of which he was engineer, on March 15th, at St. Polycarpe, the sum of $3,000 divided as follows. The widow $500, eldest child 600, second child $350, youngest child $1,050.

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