|Ottawa Citizen 10 September 1964|
Caught in train suction, girl injured
A three-year-old Masson girl was still unconscious in the Civic Hospital this morning following an emergency operation Wednesday night for undetermined head injuries received when blown over by the suction from a speeding train.
The girl, Jacqueline Bedard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Bedard, had been transferred to Ottawa from St. Michael's Hospital at Buckingham. Her condition was reported as fair.
Jacqueline, one of 14 children, had been following her father along the railroad tracks as he went to pick up Mrs. Bedard.
Henry Day of Longueuil, Que., engineer of the Ottawa-Montreal dayliner, said he was positive the train did not strike the girl. But he said that he saw her fall over as the train passed her by. He immediately stopped.
Other witnesses said the girl got up, walked about 40 feet, then fell over unconscious. The accident happened just east of the Buckingham Road level crossing about 6.30 p.m.
Mr. Bedard, a former town laborer and just recently released from hospital following a back injury, has been unemployed for two weeks.