From the Ottawa Citizen 6 July 1960.|
Struck By Train, Man Critical
A middle-aged transient was struck by a slow-moving train last night on the southern approach to the Interprovincial Bridge then fell some 45 feet to the ground below.
Admitted to the General Hospital in critical condition was Edward Chambers Jackson, 42, of no fixed address.
The man was hit about 9 p.m. on Sappers Bridge (sic), an elevated section of track between the Interprovincial Bridge and Major's Hill Park, by an incom ing CPR passenger train from Montreal.
Engineer Henry Day, 59, of Longueuil, Que., said the train had just rounded a curve at 10 miles per hour and had speeded up to 15 miles per hour.
He blew the whistle and, applied the brakes, but the right side of the engine struck the man as he was crossing the track. The victim then slipped through the trestles to the rough ground be low.
One Step Away
The engineer told police the man was only one step from safety.
The man's only identification was an unemployment insurance card.
Minutes before the accident a man had come to a watchman's shack on the Interprovincial Bridge to ask if he could sleep there.
The watchman, Marcel Forget, of Orleans, said the man had been leaning over the bridge rail and apparently had been drinking.
Despatched to the scene were Constables Harry Norton and Davis Hodgins. They were later assisted by Traffic Sgt. King Ackland and Morality Sgt Harvey Slade.