Ottawa Citizen 27 June 1980|
Injury only minor in car-train bump
SMITHS FALLS (Staff) A Smiths Falls-area man suffered only minor injuries when his car skidded into the path of an oncoming Via Rail train about 6 p.m. Thursday.
The accident involving Ian D. Schokking, 19, of RR 4 occurred at Hydro Road, about three kilometres south of here.
Ontario Provincial Police in Brockville said Schokking apparently tried to stop when he saw the warning signal but skidded on the wet road and onto the tracks. He accelerated in an attempt to get off the tracks but his car was hit on the left rear end.
Paul Raynor, public relations officer for Via Rail in Toronto, said today the seven-car passenger train enroute from Ottawa to Toronto received no damage and the driver and passengers were not injured.
The driver of the train was George R. Christopher, 57, of Belleville.