Details of Railway Accidents in the Ottawa Area



1965, July 16 - 15 cars derailed from two Canadian National freight trains at Kingston, no injuries




From the Ottawa Journal Friday 16 July 1965

CNR Trains Derailed
KINGSTON A 15-car derailment involving two freight trains a half mile east of here early today blocked the. Canadian National Railways main Toronto-Montreal line and caused extensive rerouting.
H. J. Fast CNR area manager for the Rideau District, said emergency crews from Belleville were expected to restore single line traffic by noon.
There were no injured.
Following the 4 a.m. accident involving seven cars of a westbound train and eight of an eastbound freight, through traffic was re-routed through Smiths Falls and Napanee.
Mr. Fast said railway investigators had not yet estab lished the cause of the derailment, which occurred as the two trains passed each other.

From the Ottawa Citizen Friday 16 July 1965

Two freights derailed at Kingston
KINGSTON (Special) Two CNR freight trains travelling in opposite directions were derailed half a mile east of Kingston at 4 a.m. today. No one was injured.
Toronto - Montreal main line traffic was re-routed through Smiths Falls and Napanee.
The eastbound eight - car freight was derailed first and several cars swung out into contact with the slow-moving seven - car westbound train, pushing part of it off the track.
Hand car blamed
Cause of the derailment of the eastbound train is being investigated. A small baggage hand-car that rolled under the train may have been responsible.
A full load of packed cigarettes and cigar cartons on -a tractor-trailer spilled off a flatcar.
Other damage included the smashing of an expensive new mechanical diesel oil refrigeration unit in the door of a meat car.
 Despite track damage, single-line traffic was expected to be restored early this afternoon.

From the Ottawa Journal Saturday 17 July 1965

Handcar Caused Crash?
KINGSTON. Ont. (CP) A handcar which had apparently rolled too close to the CNR main line tracks is believed. to have caused the derailment of 15 freight cars east of  the Kingston station Friday.
Railway officials say the handcar was dragged under a piggyback flatca on one of the two trains involved in the accident.
The flatcar derailed eight eastbound and seven westbound, blocking the west-bound track for eight hours and the eastbound for 10 hours.



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