Details of Railway Accidents in the Ottawa Area



1922, September 6 - Crossing collision at Chesterville, CPR., Winchester sub. 2 fatalities 3 injured



Ottawa Citizen and Winchester Press 7 September 1922

TWO KILLED, THREE INJURED. AUTO AND C.P.R. FLYER CRASH
American Auto Party On Way to Ottawa in Fatal Accident at Chesterville Crossing.
TRACKS AND ROAD RUN ON PARALLEL
Man Killed Instantly, Woman Dies on Train, Others in Smiths Falls Hospital.
Chesterville, Ont. Sept 6 - Two are dead and three others are more or less seriously injured following a collision between a Ford sedan and the C.P.R. Montreal-Chicago flier, about a mile and quarter west of here at noon today.
The Dead.
George Murray, aged 33 years South Bombay, N. Y. Mrs. Helen Reynolds, aged 40. South Bombay, N. Y.
The Injured.
Mrs. Charles Murray, South Bombay, N. Y., aged 65 years, left leg amputated and scalp wounds, condition serious.
Mrs. George Murray, South Bombay, N. Y., scalp wounds and shock, condition not serious.
Miss Annabelle Greenwood, South Bombay, N. Y., aged 17, collar bone broken.
The party were motoring from South Bombay, N. Y., to Ottawa. South Bombay is about five miles from Moira, N. Y. The accident happened at 11.45 o'clock am., standard time.
For about a mile, or most of the way from Chesterville to the railway crossing where the fatal accident happened, the railway and road run parallel, and the driver of the car had full view of any train travelling along this stretch. In the opinion of Dr. Locke, of Williamsburg, the coroner, the driver of the auto, which was travelling the same direction as the train, apparently did not notice that the road crossed the railway tracks at this point.
The Ford sedan in which the party were driving reached the crossing at the same time as the Montreal-Chicago flier No. 19, which was travelling at 45 miles per hour. The train was in charge of Engineer Thomas Martin, of Montreal. Fire man A. Jeffrey, Montreal, and Conductor William Chapman, of Toronto.
Carried Auto Alone.
The front of the locomotive struck the automobile opposite the engine and turned the car completely over, and throwing out all its occupants. After turning the car over, the loco motive carried it along about three pole lengths.
When George Murray was picked up he was dead, with some ribs broken over his heart. It is thought that death was due to an internal hemmorhage. The other four occupants of the car were taken on the train and brought to Smiths Falls. Mrs. Reynolds, who was terribly injured, died on the train while en route to Smiths Falls. Mrs. Charles Murray and Miss Greenwood were taken to the General hospital at Smiths Falls, where Mrs. Murray had her leg amputated. Mrs. George Murray, wife of the late Mr. Murray, was taken to St. Francis hospital. She is the least injured of the party.
Dr. Locke, of Williamsburg, the coroner for Chesterville district, was notified of the death of the late Mr. Murray and at once went to Chesterville to view the remains. An inquest was opened. After the usual swearing in of the jury, the inquest was adjourned until next Wednesday noon, at the Chesterville town hall. This inquest will also cover the death of the late Mrs. Reynolds.
The remains of the late Mrs. Reynolds are in the morgue at Smiths Falls awaiting arrangements for shipment to South Bombay.

Morrisburg Leader 8 September 1922

Two Are Killed at Crossing
Two are dead and three others are injured following a collision between an automobile and the Canadian Pacific Railway Montreal - Chicago flier, about a mile and a quarter west of Chesterville. The dead: George Murray, aged 33 years South Bombay, N. Y., and Mrs. Helen Reynolds, aged 40, South Bombay, N. Y.
The injured are: Mrs. Charles Murray, South Bombay, N. Y., aged 65 years, mother of the dead man, left leg amputated and scalp wounds condition serious; Mrs. Geo. Murray of South Bombay, N. Y., wife of the dead man, scalp wounds and shock condition not serious, and Miss Annabel Greenwood, South Bombay, N. Y., aged 17, collar - bone broken.

When the party met with the fatal accident they were motoring from South Bombay, N. Y., to Ottawa.
For about a mile, or most of the way from Chesterville to the railway crossing where the fatal accident happened, the railway and road run parallel, and the driver of the car had full view of any train travelling along this stretch. In the opinion of Dr. Locke of Williamsburg, the coroner, the driver of the automobile apparently did not notice that the road crossed the railway tracks at this point.

At any rate, the car in which the party were driving reached the crossing at the same time as the Montreal - Chicago flier No. 19, which was travelling at 45 miles an hour. The front of the locomotive struck the automobile opposite to the engine and turned the car completely over, throwing out all its occupants. After turning the car over the locomotive carried it about three pole lengths.

When George Murray was picked up he was dead, with some ribs broken over his heart. It is thought that death was due to an internal hemorrhage. The other occupants of the car were taken on the train and sent to Smiths Falls. Mrs. Reynolds, who was terribly injured, died on the train while en route to Smiths Falls. Mrs. Charles Murray and Miss Greenwood were taken to the public hospital at Smith's Falls where Mrs. Mary had her left leg amputated. Mrs. George Murray, wife of the late Mr. Murray, was taken to St. Francis' Hospital. She is the least injured of the party.

Winchester Press 14 September 1922

Accidental Death
A verdict of accidental death was rendered by the jury at Chesterville who were assembled to inquire into the death of the man and woman who were killed when their auto was struck by a train at Smith's Crossing just west of Chesterville. The jury could not lay any blame on the Railway Company, but recommended that large signs be placed on either side of the crossing so that approaching cars could see them and be warned. Mrs. Murray wife of the driver of the car was present and testified that they did not know there was a crossing, and their car being closed they did not hear the whistle of the locomotive. Mrs. Reynolds, who was killed, had buried her husband only a few weeks previous.

Morrisburg Leader 2 May 1924

Past 60 years of age, hobbling about on one leg and a pair of crutches Mrs. Eliza Murray made her way into United States court at Syracuse, N.Y. on Saturday for the opening of the trial of her action for $25,000 damages against the Canadian Pacific Railway Co. She was one of a motoring party belongong to Moira, N.Y. whose car was struck by a  C.P.R. train two miles west of Chesterville on Sept. 6th, 1922. Her son George and his sister, Mrs. Ellen Reynolds, were killed and Mrs. Murray lost one leg and suffered other serious injuries.




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