|Ottawa Citizen 12 July 1950|
Boy Injured When Train Hits Bicycle
Struck by a Canadian Pacific passenger engine as he rode his bicycle over a level crossing at Scott Street and Carruthers Avenue at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Gerald Willis, 10, of 8 Stirling Avenue, is in Civic Hospital suffering from a possible fractured skull and other cuts and bruises.
According to City Police Constables Hugh Rutherford and Edwin Brennan, who investigated the accident, the lad, only son of Mr. and Mrs. William Willis, rode past the right side of a Post Office Department truck stopped on the south side of the crossing, waiting for the train to pass.
"I yelled at him to watcn out. there is a train coming," Lionel Clouthier, 297 Montfort Street, Eastview, driver of the truck, told The Citizen.
"I shouted in French but I understand he is an English speaking boy so I guess he did rot understand.''
Tossed Into Ditch
Clouthier said the boy nearly cleared the crossing, but the engine struck the rear wheel of his bicycle, tossing him into the ditch on the north side of the crossing.
The four-car CPR passenger train, coming into Ottawa from Brockville. was brought to a stop as the last coach passed the crossing and Clouthier and crew members rendered first aid until police and an ambulance arrived.
The injured lad was taken to the Civic Hospital by Carleton Ambulance where he was placed in care of Dr. W. T. Mcintosh of 144 O'Connor Street.
Dr. Mcintosh said the boy's Injuries were moderately severe and would not be fully determined until this morning when X-rays would be taken. His condition was reported satisfactory last night.
The train with engine No. 2211, was in charge of Conductor G. W. Weir and Engineer F. O'Connell, both of Ottawa.