|Ottawa Citizen 15 January 1986|
Motorist only bruised in crash with train
A Kanata man escaped with bruises after his car struck a VIA Rail passenger train Tuesday at a CP Rail crossing on Moodie Drive, just north of Hwy. 7 in Bells Corners.
Hugh Irvine, 41, of Rutherford Crescent, said later he didn't notice the flashing warning signal as he approached the crossing on his way home for lunch about 12:30 p.m.
When he slammed on the brakes, his northbound car slid into the engine of the westbound, four-car Transcontinental train, which was travelling about 40 kmh.
The impact spun his 1985 Pontiac into another car which had stopped at the crossing moments before Irvine came along.
The VIA . train, which was on its way from Montreal to Sudbury, was delayed 25 minutes. There were no injuries to passengers and the engine wasn't damaged.
The crossing was without safety gates.
Irvine said he noticed some cars stopped in two lanes at the crossing, but believed they planned a left turn.
When he realized the reason was a train, it was too late.
Following the crash, Nepean police charged Irvine with careless driving under the Highway Traffic Act.
The CP line where Tuesday's accident occurred is used by the Transcontinental, which travels at much lower speeds than the maximum 145-kmh used by Toronto-bound trains.
Ottawa Citizen 6 February 1986
Motorist fined for crashing into VIA train
A Kanata man who escaped with only bruises after his car struck, a VIA Rail passenger train last month, pleaded guilty to careless driving and was fined $128.
Hugh Irvine, 41, of Rutherford Crescent,5, had not noticed the flashing warning signal as he approached a CP Rail crossing on Moodie Drive, just north of Hwy. 7 in Bells Corners.
He was charged under the Highway Traffic Act with careless driving.