|Ottawa Citizen 3 March 1986|
Police urge greater caution after craash at train crossing
Police are urging motorists to be more careful at railroad crossings in the wake of an accident in which a 77-year-old Ottawa woman was critically injured.
It was the 14th train-crossing accident in Eastern Ontario in the past year. Seven people have been killed in that period.
Ivy Maguire, of Alta Vista Drive, was driving home Saturday after visiting her sick husband in Riverside Hospital when her car was struck by a VIA train a few blocks from the hospital.
She is unconscious, but in stable condition at Ottawa General Hospital following the 11:15 a.m. accident at the signal-equipped crossing on Billings Avenue, near Billings Bridge.
The woman was travelling south on Billings Avenue when her 1981 Malibu was struck on the passenger side by a Toronto to Ottawa VIA train.
Ottawa police believe Maguire failed to see the warning lights at the crossing, which also is equipped with warning bells.