Details of Railway Accidents in the Ottawa Area



1916, December 27 - Rear end collision at De Beaujeu, Canadian Pacific Winchester subdivision, 6 killed, 5 injured.




Chesterville Record, 28 December 1916

Five people are dead and another at an early hour this morning was not expected to live more than a few minutes as the result of a bad railway smash on the CPR line at St. Polycarpe Junction.  The Chicago-Montreal train, through failure of a switch, it is reported, crashed into the rear of the Cornwall local telescoping the rear four cars.  Four people were in addition seriously hurt and another slightly injured while all passengers got a bad shaking up.
List of dead and injured.
Coroners jury concluded that neither the brakeman, Arnett of the Cornwall train nor the operator for Soulanges Junction were to blame but that it was a clear case of misunderstanding.  Brakeman phoned Arthur Lalonde, Assistant Agent at St Polycarpe and asked if the Chicago express had passed.  Jury recommended that the CPR should have a man stationed at Soulanges Junction



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