Details of Railway Accidents in the Ottawa Area



1969, May 29 - 23 cars derail at Morrisburg, Canadian National Kingston subdivision.




From the Ottawa Journal Friday 30 May 1969

By MIKE SYKES MORRISBURG (Special) . CNR officials estimate it wilt take at least 48 hours to clear the main Montreal-Toronto line of wreckage after a freight train was derailed half a mile east of here Thursday..
No one was injured.
Thirty cars, 25 of them loaded were derailed.
Officials at the scene said it was difficult to count the number of wrecked cars; many were little more than twisted wrecks piled one on top of the other.
A CNR official said the train was a through freight which averages 50 to 60 mites per hour.
One car stood on its end, supported by the press of a half dozen others. A few were sliced open as if by a giant can opener. Contents were spilled along the twisted steel rails.
The cause of the derailment is still unknown. But CNR workmen at the scene thought it might have been "a hotbox" a seized wheel bearing.
A mobile crane from Montreal and another from Belleville are picking at the wreckage, one from each end to clear the road so new tracks can be laid.
CNR officials in Cornwall said all trains are being rerouted through Smiths Falls until service on the main line is restored. No official damage estimate has been disclosed as yet.

From the Ottawa Journal Monday 2 June 1969


Eastbound CN Line in Service At Morrisburg
MORRISBURG, Ont (CP) Service on the eastbound CNR line was restored Saturday in this community 20 miles west of Cornwall.
A 23-car freight derailment Thursday on the westbound track blocked both lines.
A CNR spokesman said service on the westbound line is not expected to be restored until sometime this week.



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