|Ottawa Citizen 4 February 1967|
Train cuts truck in half
MORRISBURG (Special) -A 27-year-old district man escaped death Friday when the tandem truck he was driving was cut in two by a passenger train. Kenneth Cameron of RR 2, Finch, is listed in fair condition in Brockville General Hospital today with a fractured right leg and head cuts.
He jumped clear of his fully-ladened sand truck seconds before it was torn apart by a Montreal-bound pasenger train at a level crasing a mile northeast of Cardinal about 2.50 p.m. Friday.
No one aboard the Canadian National train out of Toronto was injured but the lead diesel locomotive suffered extensive damage.
Cardinal is 19 miles east of Brockville.
The impact separated the truck cab from the trailer and caried it 75 feet down the track. Part of the vehicle's engine and two front wheels were found a quarter of a mile further on where the east-bound train finally came to a stop.
The truck trailer, loded with fill for the Cardinal canal project was thrown into the ditch near the marked crossing. It is owned by Harold Smith of Finch.
Cameron said he saw the train and tried to stop but the momentum of the fully-loded truck pushed him onto the tracks. He managed to jump free of the cab just before the train ploughed into it.
Although heavily damaged, the train continued to Cornwall where the damaged unit was replaced.
The OPP detachment at Morrisburg is investigating.