Details of Railway Accidents in the Ottawa Area

1964, August 21 - Leonard, Ontario, Canadian Pacific Railway.

The morning express to Montreal (No. 232) was struck behind the engine by a northbound [gravel] truck at the crossing in Leonard and the coaches and heavyweight parlour cars derailed.  At least one 2200-class coach (no 2294) rolled on to its side and skidded several hundred feet before coming to a stop (end-on) against large trees, the only thing that protected an occupied CPR house.  As this coach bounced along the roadbed, passengers were ejected through the shattered windows and crushed or severely injured.  The number killed was 8 immediate, possibly more afterwards.

Bill Linley went to the wreck scene and took these photographs:

The Montreal, St. Luc auxilliary arrives at Leonard  behind 4083 and 8203 on
21 August 1964.
The auxiliary arrived
at Ottawa West from St. Luc from the Lachute Sub with 8203-4408 (GP-35/FB-1), but as there was nowhere to turn they took off the
B unit and it left Ottawa West with 4083 (FPA-2) which had arrived on #75
from Montreal and 8203.

Smiths Falls auxilliary at Leonard.
21 August 1964.

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