Details of Railway Accidents in the Ottawa Area



1960, December 30 - four people killed in a vehicle-train collision on the Canadian Pacific Carleton Place subdivision in Britannia.




From the Ottawa Citizen 30 December 1960.

Four persons were killed shortly before noon today when their car was struck by a CPR passenger train at the McEwen Avenue crossing in Britannia.
The wreckage was carried for 1/4 of a mile west along the tracks.
One of those killed has been tentatively identified as George Stead, 62. the other victims were a woman, another man and a boy.  They have not been identified.
The accident occurred at 11.15 a.m., when the CPR four-coach train was bound for Brockville from Ottawa.
The crossing has no lights or signals.
The impact of the crash welded the 1950 Pontiac to the front of the diesel and cutting torches had to be used to detach it.
Body thrown from car.
Mr. Stead's body was thrown from the wreckage 100 yards from the crossing, and the bodies of the other three persons were removed when the train came to a stop.
Considerable damage was done to the front of the train.
The train engineer was Stan Patterson, of 706 Churchill Avenue, who was also the engineer when Kenneth Sparks was killed at the Britannia Road crossing November 7, 1960.
The car was travelling north across the track.
Other members of the CPR crew, all Ottawa men, included: W. Nevins, fireman; J.E. Murphy, conductor; J.E. Craig, trainman and W.E. White, baggageman.  The train consisted of a diesel engine, baggage car and three coaches.
The four bodies were taken to the Civic Hospital morgue.
Coroner Dr. W.T. Kendall was called to the scene and pronounced all the victims dead.

There were further details in the next day's paper:
http://news.google.ca/newspapers?id=l9gxAAAAIBAJ&sjid=i-QFAAAAIBAJ&pg=7182,3025797&dq=railway+|+railroad+|+train+|+cnr+|+cpr+-bride+-to-train+-will-train&hl=en



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