|From the Ottawa Citizen Monday 5 January 1953|
Three Killed, Four Hurt in Crash
Canadian Press MONTREAL A level-crossing accident near Lachute, Que., 40 miles west of here, yesterday took the lives of three persons and left four others in serious condition.
The accident occurred five miles north of Lachute when a Canadian Pacific Railway Montreal-Ottawa train struck an automobile in which the victims were riding.
Killed outright were Zotique Derouin, 68, Grenville, Que., his 70-year-old wife, Marie, and five-year-old Michellne Derouin, St. Philippe d'Argenteuil, Que.
Wilfrid Derouin, 34. St. Philippe, Michellne's father and driver. of the car, suffered from a fractured skull and internal injuries. His six-year-old son, Denis, suffering from a broken leg and facial cuts.
Antoine Derouin, 21, Zotique's son, suffered from a fractured skull.
And his 17-year-old sister, Cecile, suffering from a double fracture of the jaw and throat hemorrhage.
Police said Wilfrid Derouin was driving his uncle and the latter's family to the station to catch a train to Montreal and apparently failed to see or hear the approaching Ottawa-bound train.
A coroner's Inquest was opened Into the deaths and adjourned pending recovery of the injured.
A railway spokesman said the train carried the car 435 feet after striking it at Staynervllle, five miles north of Lachute. The train was delayed almost an hour and a half.
The train was in charge of Engineer Charles Paterson, of 542 Parkdale Avenue, Ottawa and Conductor H. Desjardins of Montreal.
The accident delayed the train, which carried a number ,of Ottawans. for an hour and 28 minutes. Scheduled to arrive in Ottawa at 1.05 p.m. the train did not pull into Union Station until 2.33 p.m.