Ottawa Journal 2 May 1970|
30 cars Jump Cornwall Track
CORNWALL (Special) A main CNR line was disrupted Friday and damages are expected to run as high as $1,000,000 following a major freight derailment in Cornwall.
A 104-car eastbound freight had nearly 30 of its assorted rail cars jump the east track just before noon, causing widespread havoc to both east and westbound lanes.
The twin diesel engines had just cleared the diamond where the CPR crosses the CNR main line when cars jumped the trackand hurtled into a water-filled ditch.
Before the train ground to a halt coal cars, boxcars, tank cars with an assortment of cargo were strewn more than 1,000 feet in all directions.
Rail ties were ripped up like matchsticks and complete steel rails were twisted out of shape. The impact of the heavily-laden rail cars threw water and mud for hundreds of feet.
No one was injured in tne crash, however, all traffic on the CNR main line from Toronto to Montreal is being diverted at Coteau and Brockville
How long the main line will be. blocked is not known but officials at the scene estimated damage to the lines would run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars: