Details of Railway Accidents in the Ottawa Area

1947, 10 January - Three cars derail from a broken wheel on a Canadian National passenger train at Brockville

From the Ottawa Citizen, 11 January 1947.
Brockville Jan. 10.  Eight persons were injured, one seriously, when a broken wheel derailed three coaches of the Canadian National Railways Toronto-Montreal passenger train as it approached the station just west of here this afternoon.
Commercial traveller M. Hornstein of Montreal , most seriously injured, was detained in hospital but the seven others continued their trip after receiving first aid. They were: Arthur Freeman, Murray Goldstein, E.M. Evans, H. Milner and William Ledger, all of Montreal; E.R. Price of Galt, Ont., and E. Dalgleish of Kingston, Ont.
One of the three derailed coaches toppled over on its side but the other two remained upright.  Some 75 passengers were distributed among the three cars.
"I don't know how any of us escaped." said Hornstein later in hospital.  "I took three somersaults in the air and landed against the window.  The train was delayed in Brockville only 40 minutes, but wrecking crews from Montreal would not have the main line cleared before late tonight.  Section gangs, laboring to replace twisted rails and shattered ties at the scene of the deraiment, were still working at 10.30 tonight and the line was still closed to traffic,
The accident occurred only 50 feet east of the 30pfoot embankment leading to the western limit of the railway yards.  Two telegraph poles were sheared off by the overturned coach, but the telegraphic communication was not interrupted. The injured were given first aid treatment at Union station by Dr. E.J.F. Williams, of Brockville.
After two coached were added to the train, it continued on to Montreal.
With the exception of Mr. Hornstein, the injured passengers received only cuts and bruises.

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