Details of Railway Accidents in the Ottawa Area



1913, February 27 - Derailment at Maxville, Alexandria subdivision Grand Trunk.




In an accident which fortunately caused no loss of life but in which scores of passengers had miraculous escapes, not a few of them, however, without serious injuries, Grand Trunk Pacific (sic) train No. 23 Montreal to Ottawa, was wrecked about a mile east of Maxville station at 11.45 a.m. this morning.  Twelve were injured.  Stopping dead in a distance of twenty yards when at a speed of about 30 miles an hour the wrecked train tore up the rails at the scene of the accident, one of them piercing the second car along its full length.
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The cause of the wreck is supposed to have been the washing away of the ballast by the recent bad weather.  The three passenger coaches and baggage car and tender left the right of way and turned over on their sides, but the engine, though turned almost to right angles to its course did not leave the track.  One car had to be partially chopped open before some men could be rescued.



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