Details of Railway Accidents in the Ottawa Area



1970, August 7 - Rapido Hits a Handcar Near Brockville, Canadian National, one killed, one injured



Ottawa Journal 8 August 1970

Rapido Hits Handcar, One Killed
BROCKVILLE (Special) The crack CN express train, the Rapido, running from Toronto . to Montreal hit a gas-operated handcar on the main line six miles east of Brockville Friday killing one man and critically injuring another.
Joseph Arcand, 47, of Prescott, was dead on arrival at Brockville General Hospital. Francis Charland, also of Brockville, was transferred to Kingston General Hospital with critical head injuries. The Rapido was running late due to a derailment at Port Hope Thursday when it hit the handcar with its two occupants.
The train continued to Montreal. The accident is being being investigated by the Prescott detaohment of the Ontario Provincial Police.

Ottawa Journal 17 November 1970

Didn't Hear Train - Survivor Testifies
A railroad sectionman who survived the Aug. 7 collision between a track motor car and a train near Brockville testified Mondav he did not see or hear the train before it overtook the car, killing a foreman, and does not remember the collision.
 In final evidence presented before a two-member panel of the Canadian transport commis sion, Francis W. Charland, 48, of Brockville, said he recalls looking behind the car to check for a high-speed Canadian National Railways passenger train the Rapido, bound for Montreal scheduled to run on the same track in a few minutes.
The next thing Mr. Charland recalls is waking up in a hospl-tal  bed Aug. 8, suffering injuries including a fractured skull. Killed in the crash was J. M. Arcand, also of Brockville.



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