|Ottawa Citizen 30 May 1970|
Family of four injured in crash
A Gatineau family of four was rushed to hospital Friday after their car was struck by a passenger train north of Gatineau Point
Ronald Mageau, 31, of 364 Victoria St., suffered facial lacerations and is described as in fair condition.
His wife Margaret was serious when she arrived at Ottawa General Hospital with a fractured elbow and clavicle, but her condition improved following an emergency operation.
One of the daughters, eight-year-old Kimberley, remains serious with a fractured skull, while Debbie, 6, is in fair condition with minor lacerations.
Mr. Mageau was driving south on St. Antoine Street around 6:35 p.m. when his car slowed at a level crossing and was caught from behind by an east-bound Canadian Pacific twin-diesel train.
Police said the crossing north of Savanne Road has no warning signals or barriers.
Witnesses said the car was thrown about 12 feetinto the air, snapping the crossing sign-posts and rolling several times before stopping in a field 450 feet from the road.
The small foreign car was destroyed, and damage to the diesel engine was estimated at $1,000