|Ottawa Citizen 19 August 1925|
TRUCK DRIVER HAS REMARKABLE ESCAPE
Thos. McCormick of Rockland Thrown with Machine When Train Hits It.
Thomas McCormick, of Rockland, got the biggest surprise of his life yesterday afternoon when a motor truck which he was driving, was struck by a C.N.R. Montreal-Ottawa passenger train near Wendover. He is at present a patient in the Civic, hospital still wondering why he was not killed.
His injuries are not serious. Herbert McGinnis, of Alfred, who was with him, was uninjured, while the truck in which they were driving is a complete wreck.
Both men are employes of a contracting firm which is doing road construction work in the district. McCormick, a truck drriver, was proceeding along the Ottawa-Point Fortune highway with a load of crushed stone. On approaching a C.N.R. crossing near Wendover McCormick failed to see a passenger train bound from Montreal to Ottawa and travelling about 30 miles per hour. McGinnis noticed the train just as it approached the truck and jumped, thus escaping injury.
As the train struck the truck the latter was thrown into the ditch and the driver with it. The car landed a complete wreck and from first appearances it looked as if the driver had had a poor chance. In a search of the wreckage the driver was found in the center of it with a cut on the head. He and his companion were loaded on to the train after "first aid" had been applied and taken to Rockland, where Dr. Powers, of that place, was summoned. He accompanied the injured man to Ottawa and placed him in the hospital under the care of Dr. F. W. McKinnon.
Dr. Powers said that the man's injuries are not serious. He said that he had a cut on the head and a dislocated shoulder and that it was remarkable that he was not more seriously hurt.
Reprinted verbatim in the Eastern Ontario Review of 21 August 1925