|Ottawa Citizen 2 November 1925|
SEVEN PERSONS HURT WHEN AUTO IS HIT BY TRAIN
Stanley and Wellington Allen, of Cassburn, and Their Families Victims of Level Crossing Smash At Maxville Sunday Morning.
Contrary to expectations of Sunday evening, four people hurt in a collision between motor car and the C.N.R. Montreal-Ottawa train Sunday morning, are now rallying and doctors are confident of their ultimate recovery. Three others who were not so seriously injured, are making good progress.
The seven were injured at a level crossing close to Maxville, Ont. when the car in which they were all riding was struck by the train, thrown some distance from the track and set on fire by escaping gasoline.
Those injured, all residents of Cassburn. Ont.are as followg:
Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Allen, hus band and wife, both suffering from grave internal injuries.
Mrs. Wellington Allen, sister-in law of Mr. Stanley Allen, internal injuries and seriously burned.
Louise Allen, three months old daughter, of Mr. and Mrs. Welling ton Allen, shock.
Mr. Wellington Allen, broken left leg, dislocated right shoulder and other slighter injuries.
Harold and Deane Allen, seven year-old sons respectively of Mr. Stanley Allen and Mr. Wellington Allen.
Auto Takes Fire.
The accident occurred on Sunday morning, when the C.N.R. train from Montreal, due to arrive in Ottawa at 11.55 o'clock. crashed into an automobile carrying seven passengers, all residents of the village of Cassburn Ont., at the crossing just east of Maxville station.
The automobile, a Ford sedan which was thrown some distance from the railway track by the force of the collision, caught fire, and some of its occupants were badly burned. before they were extricated from the wrecked car by persons who witnessed the accident, and rushed to their assistance.
In the meantime the train had pulled up a short distance from the scene of the accident, and aided by the train crew the injured, who were in a desperate plight, were taken on board an! given first aid by Dr. W. D. McDiarmid, of Maxville, and then rushed in to Ottawa where they arrived at noon.
Fleet of Ambulances.
Conductor Edward Eaman, in charge of the train, telegraphed to Ottawa, and when the train arrived the motor ambulances of Hulse Brothers, George Burney & Son George H. Rogers, McEvoy Bros, and A. E. Veitch. were on hand, with nurses and doctors, and the injured were rushed to the Civic Hospital.
There they were received by Dr. Jones, staff doctor at the hospital, and were attended to by Dr. F. V McKinnon. Not one of the passengers in the ill-fated motor car were able to give any explanation as to how the accident occurred, as when they were picked up Mrs. Stanley AIIen and Mrs. Wellington Allen were in an unconscious condition, and their husbands were too badly injured to be questioned.
Upon examination at the hospital. Dr. McKinnon discovered that both Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Allen, who were the worst hurt, were suffering from internal injuries in addition to severe lacerations to their heads and bodies, while Mrs. Allen had sustained severe burns, when the automobile caught fire; Mrs. Wellington Allen, had both of her legs badly burned and was suffering from shock, while her husband. Mr. Wellington Allen had his left leg broken, and his right shoulder dislocated: :their three-months-old baby daughter, Louiee, which was thrown clear. of the car when the crash came, is not expected to live. The other two passengers in the car, Masters Deane Allen, seven-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Wellington Allen, and Harold, the same age, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Allen, while badly shaken up and suffering from bruises and cuts, are expected to recover, unless complications set in.
Says Bell Ringing.
The train was in charge of conductor E. Eamon, and the engineer was Mr. R. Dickenson, both of Montreal. The latter in his report of the accident stated that the crossing bell was ringing, and that he did not see the automobile until it was on the tracks almost in front of the engine, when he applied the emergency and brought the train to a standstill, a few hundred feet distant.
Ottawa Citizen 3 November 1925
Baby Louise Allen Dies From Injuries
Infant Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. Allen, Cassburn, Ont. Parents in Hospital.
One death has resulted from the automobile accident at Maxwell [sic], on Sunday morning, when a Ford sedan in which seven people were riding, was struck by the C.N.R. train from Montreal and all were more or less injured. Baby Louise Allen, three months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wellington Allen, of Cassburn, Ont.. died at the Civic Hospital this morning as the result of injuries she received. It was thought at first that she might survive, but during the night she sank rapidly death coming at 3 a.m.
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Ottawa Journal 16 February 1925
LACK OF PRECAUTION CAUSE OF FATALITY
Accidental Death Is Verdict At Allen Inquest
The inquest opened into the death of Louise Audrey Allen, three-months-old daughter ot Mr. and. Mrs. Stanley Allen, of L'Orignal, Ont., who died from injuries received on November 1, [sic] when the auto in which she and six others were riding crashed into a C.N.R. train at Maxwell's crossing, was finally closed last night after three previous adjournments. Coroner T. J. Scobie presided ever the inquest.
The jury returned a verdict of accidental death, but attributed the cause of the fatal accident to the lack of precaution taken by the child's father, who drove the car.
Crown Attorney J. A. Ritchie, who examined the witnesses, in addressing the jury, claimed that the driver of the car did not excercise sufficient care when approaching the crossing.
The testimony included that of four eye-witnesses of the accident who said that they had heard the whistle of the train blow for the crossing. Mr. John McKilliean, of Maxwell, stated that he was about 12 feet from the crossing when the accident occurred. He had seen the car approaching and had heard the train's whistle. Seeing that the driver of the auto was making no effort to stop he had attempted to signal him to stop, but was too late.
Baby Louise was one of seven injured in the smash. and the only one to succumb to injuries. When the car was struck by the train Mrs. Allen, clutching her baby in her arms was thrown from the car. The baby fell underneath her and her skull was fractured.
The other occupants of the car were carried in the machine, which caught fire instantly, for about 150 feet along the track. They were: Stanley Allen, the father; Mr. and Mrs. Wellington Allen and their son, Dean, all of L'Orignal, Ont. and Harold Allen, son ot Mr. and Mrs, Stanley Allen.
Mr. Herbert Tracy, Hugh Fraser and Alex Duperron all of Maxwell, Ont., were other eye-witnesses of the affair who gave testimony.