Ottawa Citizen 4 December 1974.|
CP passenger train derailed in Gatineau, six people injured.
The two-unit train left the tracks at 8.43 p.m., three minutes after leaving Gatineau station enroute to Hull and Ottawa with nine passengersand three crew members.
"It would have been much worse if the train had been travelling faster," commented Constable Gerry Pilotte who arrived at the scene minutes after the accident occurred.
The derailment took place at the junction of the main CP line and a Gatineau Lumber Co. siding, about 30 feet north of Maloney Boulevard.
While cause of the derailment has not been determined, police officials speculated vandals tampering with a line switch near the accident scene may be responsible.
The slow speed of the train prevented the two cars from rolling and possibly crushing the occupants.
Miraculously, occupants of the first unit, a combination engine-passenger car, suffered only shock and bruises.
Engineer Harold Greenlaw of Ottawa and four passengers occupied the first unit, which ended up on its side 200 feet from the main line.
The second unit was perched precariously on an angle a few feet from the main line. Only deep snow and a hydro pole prevented the unit from toppling over.
The train makes a regular nightly run from Montreal to Ottawa, arriving in the city at 9.05 p.m. after dropping passengers off in Gatineau and Hull.
Constable Pilotte said all 12 occupants of the train were shaken up, but stated that only six, including Engineer Greenlaw, required treatment.
Five were treated at Sacred Heart Hospital in Hull for shock, cuts and bruises and later released. One passenger was taken to Ottawa General Hospital for observation of bruises to the head.