Details of Railway Accidents in the Ottawa Area



1974, June 5 - Eastbound freight train #76 derailed the last 16 cars of its 73-car train at Almonte.  
The cars ended up over the bridge into the Mississippi River, and hit the flour mill at the highway 44 crossing.




Ottawa Citizen 5 June 1974

With picture
ALMONTE (Staff) The last 16 cars of a CP Rail freight train jumped the track while crossing a bridge and smashed into a flour warehouse here early today.
The derailment caused extensive damage but no injuries.
The end of the 73-car north-bound train swung off the track at 3.35 a.m. walloping a warehouse adjacent to the Almonte Flour Company mill.
Two empty tank cars tumbled into the Mississippi River. Few of the derailed cars were carrying freight, a CP Rail spokesman said.
The wayward train uprooted more than 800 feet of track and blocked Highway 44, the town's main traffic artery. The highway remains closed today as work crews struggle to clear away the wreckage.
The warehouse, constructed in 1820, is a local landmark near the centre of town. It was vacant when the accident occurred.
Mill manager Jack Harris described the accident as spectacular. "Incredibly, no one was hurt," he said.
The train was making its regular run between Chalk River and Smiths Falls. The two CP trains scheduled to pass through Almonte today will be rerouted over CN tracks, the CP spokesman said.
CP Rail is investigating the derailment but has not yet determined the cause. Damage has not been estimated.



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