Details of Railway Accidents in the Ottawa Area



1980, March 10 - 12 car derailment near Prescott, Canadian National Kingston subdivision.



Ottawa Journal  Monday 10 March 1980

Train derails Near Prescott
PRESCOTT (Special) - Traffic on Via Rail's main line between Toronto and Montreal was disrupted during the weekend when a 97-car freight train was derailed 12 kilometres kilometres east of here. No injuries were reported among the six-man six-man crew.
Traffic slowed
The derailment forced CN officials officials to restrict traffic to one set of rails but full service is expected to be available by noon today. The train carried no hazardous materials. The accident occured Saturday afternoon on a straight stretch of track. The cause has not yet been determined.
Track torn up
Twelve cars of the westbound train left the rails. Six contained paper products, the seventh had a cargo of iron ingots and five were empty.
 Wrecking crews removed the damaged cars yesterday afternoon and section hands began the job of re-laying 600 feet of track torn up by the mishap.
The train carried a mixed cargo from Montreal bound for Toronto.




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