|Ottawa Citizen 23 October 1967|
Train wrecks truck
SMITHS FALLS (Special) Two Jasper teenagers were injured, one seriously, Sunday afternoon when their half-ton truck was demolished after being struck by a CNR passenger train at a level crossing, six miles south west of here.
DarreU Learmonth, 18, driver of the truck was reported in critical condition at Kingston Hotel Dieu Hospital. He sustained severe head injuries.
The youth was transferred to the Kingston hospital after examination and some preliminary treatment at Smiths Falls General HospitaL
A passenger, Anson Edmunds, 17, was reported in fair condition in Smiths Falls hospital this morning.
Police reported Learmonth was travelling north on the county road leading from Jasper to Smiths Falls just prior to the accident.
He was turning on a side road at about 2.12 p.m. when the vehicle was struck by the train leading into Smiths Falls from Brockville.
The train struck the truck and dragged it along the track for 112 feet and throwing it 24 feet into the west ditch.
Edmonds was thrown clear of the wreckage, but Learmonth was pinned in the cab.
The crossing is marked with railway signs. The train was travelling an estimated 40 mph when the accident occurred.
The engineer was Herbert M. Reach, 17 Gilmour St. Ottawa.