Details of Railway Accidents in the Ottawa Area



1972, February 28 - an oil tank truck hits a train and bursts into flame at Carp, CNR Renfrew subdivision.  Three cars derailed, one killed




From the Ottawa Citizen 28 February 1972.

The driver of an oil truck was killed today when his vehicle smashed into the side of a moving train and burst into flames on highway 17 just east of Carp.
Three of five cars in the CNR freight train were derailed.
The driver was enveloped in flames and perished in the truck which burned for more than an hour.
The accident occurred at 10.15 a.m. Police and fireman found the remains of the driver's body after searching for an hour and a half.
Nothing remained of the truck except a small potion of yellow cab.  Police said the vehicle belonged to the Shell Oil Company.
A charred licence oplate was found in the wreckage.  Police believe it is from the truck.
A witness told police it appeared the truck driver was going to attempt to cross the tracks before the train reached the crossing but changed his mind, slammed on the brakes, and skidded 200 feet in the side of the train.
The impact sent three cars sprawling into the snow in flames.  The caboose remained on the tracks.
Police said an unidentified railwayman who was inside the caboose when it was hit walked away uninjured.  No one on the train was hurt.
Power lines were knocked down and a set of signal lights were torn out of the ground.
Acrid grety smoke blanketed the accident scene as firemen tried to put out the flames in the train.
The truck was swept about 20 feet off the road and into a small creek. Parts of the creek were afire from oil dumped into the water.
Balance illegible.
There is a picture with the caption
Train burns in background while fire-gutted wreckage of oil tanker lies beside tracks at right.

The Ottawa Citizen 27 April 1972
Jury urges loghts at crossings.
A coroner's jury has recommended that signal lights be located at all level crossings on main highways to warn motorists in advance of approaching trains.
The jury was sitting Wednesday at an inquest into the death of Joseph Brideau, whose fully loaded gasoline tanker collided with a CNR freight train on Feb. 28.
Evidence had shown that the visibility is poor at the crossing on Highway 17 near Carp, and there are several distractions for drivers proceeding west on the highway.
These, along with the position of the crossing at the bottom of a hill, were listed as contributing factors to the accident which derailed three of the railway cars and closed the highway for more than 24 hours.
The engineer of the train, Irwin Currie, said the Shell Oil truck, loaded with 8,000 gallons of gasoline, hit the train after veering off the road and knocking over a signal post.
"All hell broke loose' he said.  The truck exploded immediately, setting fire to the last three cars.
The jury also recommended that a remote warniong light be placed 500 feet north of the Carp railway crossing.



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