Details of Railway Accidents in the Ottawa Area



1914, February 21 - GTR Passenger train derails at South Indian (Limoges) - no serious injuries





Eastern Ontario Review (Vankleek Hill)  27 February 1914

Accident at South Indian
A spreading rail was almost the cause of a fatal wreck, when the G.T.R. train due in Ottawa at 7.13 on Saturday night was thrown off the track 30 miles east of Ottawa, near South Indian, at 6.45. Through several of the passengers were severely shaken up, and others showed more or less effects from the shock, no one was seriously injured.
Many of the passengers give credit to the engineer, J. Kickby, of Montreal for his quick work in applying the brakes and bringing the train to a stop, thus preventing a much more serious accident. It was at a place called Pilons Siding that the train which was whirling along at 40 miles an hour, hit the spread rail, and a portion jumped the track. Several of the cars tilted over ominously, and it was feared that the whole train would over turn before the passengers could be rescued. Ties along the track were used in propping up the cars,
The forty-odd passengers who were on the train were brought to a near-by farmhouse, where they were cared for till the arrival of a special train from Ottawa, three hours later. The four coaches and baggage car left the track, the engine being the only part left clinging to the rails. Conductor Andrew Leamy, 128, Hinton Avenue, Ottawa, was in charge of the train.

Chesterville Record February 26 1914. 

The Grand Trunk Railway passenger train in Ottawa at 7.13 p.m. Saturday jumped the track about four miles south of Indian, thirty miles east of the capital at 6.45 p.m. but not one of the forty passengers and members of the crew were injured beyond a slight shaking up.  The spreading of a rail is said to have been the cause of the accident. All the four passenger coaches, baggage car and tender left the rails, the engine being the only remaining part of the train remaining on.  Passengers state that the presence of mind of J. Kickley of Montreal, is responsible for the preventing of a disaster as he was able to stop his train in a short distance and prevent the coaches overturning.
NB.  The BRC report shows one death.



Return to Main Page of Railway Accidents

Updated 1 May 2018