Ottawa Citizen 27 June 1974|
COBDEN (Staff) The prize CPR passenger train The Canadian, eastbound and carrying 150 passengers, was derailed Thursday after shearing a tanker truck in half.
The collision occurred about 5 p.m. at a level crossing on Highway 17, about three miles east of here.
The rear portion of the truck, carrying asphalt, was impaled on the front engine and carried at least a quarter mile down the tracks.
There were no injuries among passengers and crew, who were bused to Ottawa. The truck driver, whose name was not released by police, emerged with only a bloodied nose.
Asphalt from the truck was splattered over The Canadian and one of the passenger cars stopped precariously perched on a small bridge.
The derailed train tore up about 100 yards of track. Three cars slid off the roadbed and almost onto their sides in a ditch.
Rail ties were ripped into unrecognizable splinters and the sticky asphalt covered a 40-square-yard area around the impact site.
CPR officials said the lights and warning bell at the crossing were working at the time of the accident. "He tried to swing with us," commented an unidentified crew member. "He didn't make it."
Most were passengers were destined for Montreal. The truck was northbound, travelling from Montreal to Pembroke.
The dazed truck driver was discovered partly covered with asphalt sitting on a ripped up rail tie by William McMillan of Vernon, one of the first persons at the scene.
Mr. McMillan asked the driver if he was all right and the man mumbled, "Yes."
A police spokesman said charges may be laid.