In this page we will set out the more significant railway accidents, derailments, collisions etc. that have occurred in the Ottawa area.
The area covers any railway within the boundaries of the following points:
Coteau, Rigaud, Hawkesbury, Montebello, Maniwaki, Waltham, Chalk River, Brent, Madawaska, the Kingston and Pembroke Railway down to Kingston and the St. Lawrence River from Kingston to Coteau.
Because of the great number of accidents it is impossible to list all of them so these are limited to accidents involving:
loss of life or significant injury to passengers or train crew
significant number of cars derailed
other significant accidents or incidents
accidents for which the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) has produced a report.
Grade crossing accidents with highway vehicles have generally been omitted, as have trespassing incidents and accidents where employees have fallen off trains, unless there is a significant number of fatalities
Set out below, in chronological order, is a general listing with hot links, where available, giving further information on the accident concerned.
In addition to the detailed listing below this pdf file sets out a large number of accidents reported by the regulatory body and from newspaper files:
Accidents in the Ottawa area from official reports and newspaper files
1856, November 18 - GTR gravel train derails near Yonges Mills - two killed, one injured
1859, December 2 - Train hits a hand car on the Brockville and Ottawa Railway. Three killed
1870, October 1 - St. Lawrence and Ottawa passenger train is derailed north of Prescott Junction
1871, January 10 - Passenger fell from a St. Lawrence and Ottawa Railway train.
1871, February 13 - Derailment of a St. Lawrence and Ottawa Railway passenger train at Billings.
1871, December 4 - Brakeman killed by hitting his head on a bridge near Arnprior.
1874, May 20 - Derailment of Canada Central Railway passenger train at Britannia, no injuries
1874, June 23 - A horse stumbles over a viaduct on the Union Forwarding Company's horse railway.
1876, March 26 - Derailment of St. Lawrence and Ottawa Railway train at Montreal Road, no injuries.
1879, April 3 - Derailment of Canada Central Railway train at Bells Corners, no injuries.
1879, September 12 - Conductor killed when his head struck a bridge near Renfrew
1880, February 3 - head-on collision at Franktown.
1881, January 19 - St. Lawrence and Ottawa passenger train is derailed at Osgoode
1881, August 13 - Locomotive derailed after hitting a cow, Prescott, Grand Trunk, 1 killed, 7 injured.
1881, 12 October - Collision at Masson
1883, February 6 - Collision at Kenyon Road, Canada Atlantic, 1 killed, 4 injured.1884, June 9 - Collision at Papineauville, Canadian Pacific, 1 killed several injured.
1883, December 20 - Passenger car derailed, turned over and fell down an embankment at Conroy's Mills, Aylmer Branch, Canadian Pacific. There were minor injuries.
1884, September 20 - Derailment at Renfrew, Canadian Pacific, 1 killed.
1885, January 24 - Passenger train derailment at Smiths Falls, Canadian Pacific, 2 killed, 2 injured.
1885, September 28 - Head on collision between a mixed train bound for Brockville and a freight train at Stittsville. After the collision the engine rebounded and, being reversed, ran back a couple of miles towards Bells Corners taking the telescoped cars along. There were no injuries.
1886, April 14 - Canada Atlantic Railway rear end collision four miles from Ottawa, no injuries.
1886, June 8 - Bridge collapse at Petawawa, Canadian Pacific, 1 killed, 4 injured.
1887, March 16 - Baggage car on a Canadian Pacific train overturns when approaching Union Station, Chaudiere. One fatality.
1887, September 26 - A passenger train derails and burns when the track is destroyed by brush fires at Eastman Springs (now Carlsbad Springs), Canada Atlantic. All four passenger cars turned over and burned.
1888, October 12 - Brockville and Westport train derailed near Phillipsville, no human injuries.
1891, August 12 - Rideau Canal, Ottawa, Canada Atlantic Railway.
1891, February 2 - Head on collision between two freight trains at Ballantynes, 6 miles east of Kingston, Grand Trunk. 1 dead, several injured, 2 locomotives and 18 cars derailed.
1891, April 25 - B&W Express car jumps the track near Lyn
1891, May 23 - Derailment of Gatineau Valley official inspection train near Chelsea, no injuries.
1892, March 30 - Derailment of Canadian Pacific "Soo" express at Hull, 2 killed.
1892, August 21 - Head on collision between two freight trains at Avonmore, Canadian Pacific, 1 killed.
1892, November 16 - Derailment of a work train at Stagg Creek, Ottawa and Gatineau Valley Railway, 4 killed.
1893, February 11 - The passenger train from Aylmer collided with a light engine on the wye on the approach to Broad Street station, Ottawa, Canadian Pacific. 1 injury.
1893, July 29 1893 - PPJ light engine derails when running into a herd of cows and horses near Parker. 11 horses and 1 cow killed.
1894, September 24 - Derailment at Britannia, Canadian Pacific Railway.
1894, October 27 - 18 sheep killed in a derailment at Lebreton Street, Renfrew on the OA&PS.
1895, September 21 - Derailment between Douglas and Renfrew of an Ottawa, Arnprior and Parry Sound train conveying the paymasters' van. No injuries
1896, March 18 - locomotive derails when driving rod breaks on the Toronto Express at Britannia. No injuries
1897, January 21 - Canada Atlantic wayfreight derails at an open switch west of Barrys Bay, 3 killed, 1 injured.
1897, January 25 - Collision between a Hull Electric passenger car and a sweeper at Deschenes
1897, June, 16 - 25 freight cars destroyed at South Indian, Canada Atlantic Railway when a freight train ran into empty cars which fouled the main line. No injuries.
1897, July 7 - A Hull Electric freight train collided with a Hull Electric car full of picknickers on the wye at Aylmer. 1 injury.
1897, August 31 - 13 freight cars and the locomotive tender derailed at Goshen, OA&PS.
1897, October 14 - Passenger train collides with a freight train at Stittville, Canadian Pacific, 5 killed, 1 injured.
1897, December 5 - A CPR freight train crashes into a CAR freight train on the diamond at De Beaujeu
1898, March 1 - Rear end collision of two freight trains, 3 miles east of Smiths Falls, 2 killed.
1898, March 13 - Derailment at Sharbot Lake
1898, March 17 - Head on collision at Merrickville - sixteen cars destroyed.
1898, June 10 - Ottawa and New York Railway work train derailed at Embrun, 4 killed.
1898, July 24 - Two passenger trains collide head on 1½ miles east of Pembroke, Canadian Pacific, 9 injured.
1898, December 4 - CPR freight trains runs into a CAR train at the diamond crossing at De Beaujeu (St. Polycarpe).
1898 December 5 - CPR Soo Express collides with freight cars on the main line at Pointe au Chene, no injuries.
1899, January 5 - A Pembroke Southern train jumped the buffer at the Pembroke station.
1899, February 17 - Derailment of a passenger train at Green Valley due to a broken rail. 10 injured.
1899, March 10 - An Ottawa and New York broke a driving wheel tire near Hawthorne. No injuries.
1899, March 13 - A Pembroke Southern train derails at Beggs Farm, near Pembroke, and ran into a field. The coaches were partially overturned.
1899, August 8 - St. Polycarpe, Canada Atlantic Railway.
1900-19091904, February 9 - Canadian Pacific head-on at Sand Point.
1900, December 10 - Soo Express derails at Haleys.
1901, June 14 - an axle breaks on the tender of an Ottawa and Gatineau Valley Railway train to Gracefield at Hull. No injuries.
1901, September 5 - an axle breaks on an O&NY train at Russell
1902, May 26 - an O&NY passenger trains derails just north of Crysler. No injuries
1902, July 25 - Toronto Express collides with freight cars left on the main track at Smiths Falls, no injuries.
1902, August 5 - Brockville and Ottawa train ran through an open switch at Smiths Falls, no injuries.
1902, November 22 - Collision at Harrowsmith, Kingston and Pembroke Railway, no injuries
1903, September 27 - The west bound Soo express collides with a freight train at Hurdman. Four injured.
1903, November 9 - A westbound Canada Atlantic passenger train derails completely at the switch at Graham Bay.
1904, February 2 - A passenger train from Prescott collided with a light engine while crossing the engine round house yard at Ottawa West.
1904, February 5 - 16 freight cars and a tender derail at Killaloe, Canada Atlantic. No injuries.
1904, February 27 - Colonist car derailed on the Toronto Express, three miles east of Smiths Falls, Canadian Pacific Winchester subdivision. 5 injured.
1904, July 6 - Derailment of a mixed train at Marks Crossing, CPR Maniwaki subdivision. No injuries.
1905, January 16 - The three freight cars and the combination passenger car on the Brockville and Westport mixed train derailed and rolled down an embankment half a mile west of Lyn.
1905, September 11 - Rear end collision between the Soo Express and the Continental Limited at Hammond, Canadian Pacific M and O subdivsion.
1905, November 21 - Derailment in the yard at Smiths Falls, Canadian Pacific Railway, engineer killed.
1905, December 3 - Derailment at Iroquois, no injuries.
1906, September 9 - Freight train rear ended on the Grand Trunk at Renfrew.
1906, December 12 - a Grand Trunk Freight train cuts through the Kingston and Pembroke mixed at Renfrew Junction
1907, January 3 - Collision between a freight train and a streetcar at Beechwood Avenue, 1 killed, 5 injured.
1907, January 30 - Head on collision between eastbound and westbound Imperial Limited trains at Renfrew, 2 injured
1907, March 1 - Head on collison between a passenger train and a freight train at Mountain, Canadian Pacific Winchester subdivision. 2 killed, 3 injured.
1907, April 13 - Passenger train derailed at Sand Point, Canadian Pacific Chalk River subdivision due to a split rail. Engine, tender and mail car passed over dangerous spot, first and second car derailed. 3 injured.
1907, June 4 - Freight train derails where track crew is replacing a broken rail two and a half miles west of Sand Point, Canadian Pacific Chalk River subdivision, 1 killed.
1907, June 22 - Head on collision between a freight train and a light engine at Carlsbad Springs, Grand Trunk. 1 killed.
1907, August 23 - A Canada Atlantic Railway locomotive runs through an open drawbridge and lands in the Rideau Canal.
1907, September 11 - Collision between a freight train and a extra train of passenger cars (empty) at Plantagenet, Canadian Pacific M and O subdivision. 1 killed 1 injured.
1907, November 12 - Head on collision between two freight trains at St. Polycarpe, Grand Trunk. 1 killed.
1907, December 11 - Collision between passenger train and freight train stopped by a semaphore at Carleton Junction, 2 passengers and 3 dining car employees injured.
1908, February 8 - PPJ mixed train derailed by a broken rail at Deschene
1908, February 15 - Derailment at Hawthorne caused by broken rail, Canada Atlantic, 2 killed 7 injured.
1908, February 28 - The "Winnipeg" passenger train derailed completely at Payne (Eganville Junction), Canadian Pacific Chalk River subdivision. Four cars overturned.
1908, September 2 - Derailment of a passenger train at mile 4 Point Fortune sub.
1908, September 21 - Canadian Pacific passenger train runs through an open switch at Aylwin, Maniwaki subdivision.
1908, December 3 - Head on collision Pembroke, Canadian Pacific.
1909, April 2 - Head on collision at Sand Point, Canadian Pacific.
1909, May 6 - Mixed train derails at Vinton, Canadian Pacific Waltham sub., no injuries.
1909, August 16 - Grand Trunk mixed train derails at Carson Lake after a cloudburst. The fireman was killed.
1909, May 20 - Collision between a passenger and a freight train at Prescott
1909, September 9 - Work train 1565 collided in the yard at Monklands, Canadian Pacific, Winchester subdivision, 1 killed.
1910-19191911, March 25 - Collision between a light engine and the Gatineau passenger train, Ottawa, Broad Street
1911, April 15 - Canadian Pacific train runs into a washout near North Wakefield, Maniwaki subdivision.
1911, December 14 - Brockville and Westport train derailed near Delta, no injuries.
1912, March 8 - Collision between a passenger train and a freight train on the Canadian Pacific near Hull.
1912, October 2 - Bay of Quinte Railway, Kingston.
1913, January 12 - Rear end collision, Prescott, Grand Trunk.
1913, February 27 - Derailment at Maxville, Alexandria subdivision Grand Trunk.
1913, May 22 - Collision at Chesterville, one injury.
1913, June 25 - Derailment of a Canadian Pacific passenger train at McKellar near Ottawa.
1913, August 16 - Rideau Canal swingbridge, one killed.
1914, January 22 - Derailment at Meath, Canadian Pacific, Chalk River subdivision, 1 killed, 11 injured.
1914, February 17 - Passenger train derailed by a broken rail at Mountain, CPR Winchester sub. Engineer killed.
1914, February 21 - Passenger train derailed at Casselman, one death
1914, May 14 - Derailment of a Grand Trunk train near Golden Lake, Pembroke line, no injuries.
1916, May 3 - Toronto to Montreal night fast express was derailed by a broken rail at Winchester, Canadian Pacific, Winchester subdivision. No injuries.
1916, September 6 - Head on collision at Apple Hill, Canadian Pacific Winchester subdivision. 1 killed.
1916, December 27 - Rear end collision at De Beaujeu, Canadian Pacific Winchester subdivision, 6 killed, 5 injured.
1917, June 3 - A freight train is derailed at Mountain, Canadian Pacific Winchester subdivision by a broken rail. 1 killed.
1918, May 18 - Head-on collision near Smiths Falls, fireman killed. No details.
1921, April 30 - Derailment at mile 119.7 Beachburg subdivision, Canadian National. No injuries.
1922, January 21 - Derailment at Ellwood, Canadian Pacific Prescott subdivision, 1 killed, 21 injured.
1922, October 6 - Crossing collision with CNR motor car 15813, one injury.
1924, October 23 - Head on collision at Deschenes, Hull Electric Railway.
1925, February 26 - Head on collision in front of Canadian Pacific Glen Tay station, 1 killed, 29 injured.
1926, August 31 - Derailment to a Grand Trunk train at Rock Lake, Algonquin Park, no injuries.
1926, September 7 - CNR passenger train hits a fall of rock at Chaffeys Locks, no injuries
1926, October 27 - Westbound transcontinental train derailed three cars at Alice, Canadian National, Beachburg subdivision.
1927 - Derailment of a New York Central passenger train near Embrun
1927, August 1 - passenger train side swipes a freight at Vars, CNR Alexandria sub.
1927, September 8 - CNR passenger train derails four coaches near Lansdowne, no injuries.
1928, 30 January - Westbound special train conveying President Cosgrave of the Irish Free State is derailed at a switch at Limoges, Canadian National, Alexandria subdivision. The Road Foreman of Engines, who was running the locomotive, was killed, nine injured.
1928, April 29 - Engineer, fireman and brakeman of Canadian Pacific freight train are killed when their train derails 14 cars after hitting a rockslide at Bolingbroke, Belleville sub.
1928, July 25 - Head on collision at Sand Point between a train carrying horses and men to Petawawa Camp and a freight train. 2 killed and five injured.
1929, June 25 - Train derails, runs into the siding at Alexandria, Canadian National, Alexandria subdivision and demolishes the west end of the station.
1940, November 1 - Uncoupled caboose struck truck after train had passed
1930, August 28 - Locomotive and four cars of the Imperial Limited derailed at Pembroke, Canadian Pacific Chalk River subdivision. 1 dead and 4 injured.
1931, February 8 - three die and two injured (all occupants of the car) when a car is hit by the Imperial Limited at St. Hyacinthe street crossing, Hull Beemer, Canadian Pacific, M&O subdivision.
1931, December 11 - Canadian National transcontinental passenger train runs into the rear of the Canadian Pacific transcontinental passenger train in Laurier avenue yards, Ottawa. Ten injured.
1933 December 1 - derailment hurls man to his death from the NYC bridge at Cornwall.
1936, September 30 - the night Pool train from Ottawa to Toronto derails three cars near Manotick, Canadian Pacific Prescott subdivision. No injuries.
1936, December 21 - a passenger train derails two wheels on the locomotive on a crossing west of Wyman, Canadian Pacific Waltham sub. No injuries.
1941, March 31 - Inkerman, Canadian Pacific Winchester subdivision.
1941, December 3 - Pool train 32 derails on the curve at Hurdman, the engineer is killed and 47 injured.
1942, January 4 - 6 fatalities in a car at a crossing at Churchill Avenue, Westboro. (Early Days in Westboro Beach by Robert Granger, pages 187-188)
1942, July 18 - CPR eastbound freight 904 collides with passenger train No.21 at Glen Tay, 12 people injured slightly.
1942, October 14 - Head on collision at Billings Bridge, CNR. Five trainmen were hurt and 20 horses were killed.
1942, December 27 - Almonte, Canadian Pacific, Chalk River subdivision, 35 killed, 207 injured.
1943, December 30 - Steam pipe breaks on a locomotive of a freight train at Alexandria, Canadian National Alexandria sub. Engineer killed, fireman and brakeman injured.
1944, 26 February - An eastbound passenger train derails seven express cars and two coaches when it runs into 35 cars derailing from a westbound freight train on the adjacent track, at Cardinal, Canadian National, Kingston sub. The passenger engineer was killed and the fireman slightly injured.
1944, December 22 - A freight, headed by locomotive 6218, rear ends another freight on the bridge at Casselman. No injuries.
1945, April 3 - A Hull Electric tramcar hits a washout on the approach to Ottawa station
1945, October 6 - Six killed in a crossing accident at Main Street, Chesterville, Canadian Pacific Winchester subdivision.
1946, May 10 - The "Dominion" hits a vandalized switch at Renfrew, Canadian Pacific, Chalk River subdivision.
1947, January 10 - Three cars derail from a broken wheel on a Canadian National passenger train near Brockville.Eight passengers injured, one seriously.
1947, August 10 - CN train no. 15 roars around the sharp curve at Kingston station and the engine tips over. Engineer and fireman killed, minor injuries among the passengers.
1948, January 24 - Canadian National Montreal - Ottawa passenger train derailed two cars. No location details.
1948, July 8 - Canadian Pacific locomotive No. 853 and nine freight cars run away on the Cornwall Street Railway tracks. Four injured.
1948, August 26 - a railway crane topples over a trestle at the Hydro Electric Company's plant at Fitzroy. One fatality.
1950-19591950, March 18 - Canadian Pacific - Ashton.
1951, January 20 - Canadian Pacific passenger train derailment at Churchill Avenue, Ottawa.
1951, February 11 - Canadian Pacific freight train derails ten cars at Pembroke from broken archbar. No injuries.
1951, February 16 - Canadian Pacific passenger train to Maniwaki is hit by a tank truck laden with fuel oil. No injuries and no escape of fuel.
1952, August 7 - five people are killed in a crossing accident near Petawawa, CPR Chalk River sub.
1953, October 11 - Derailment of a Canadian Pacific passenger train on the Castor grade, Maniwaki subdivision.
1953, December 30 - The last car of Canadian National passenger train No. 1 catches fire at Pembroke. I fatality and one injury.
1954, April 14 - Three people killed in a collision between a Canadian National freight train and an automobile at Wales, Kingston subdivision.
1955, March 26 - Passenger train split the switch and derailed at Hull Beemer, Canadian Pacific, no injuries.
1955, July 18 - Locomotive and 25 freight cars derail at Maxville, Canadian National Alexandria subdivision.
1955, October 15 - Canadian National passenger train 6 hits a car at a grade crossing between River Beaudette and Coteau (Kingston sub.) and derails 6 cars. 41 injured and taken to hospital.
1956, May 9 - Head on collision in a siding at Brockville between two passenger trains. One passenger fatality.
1956, August 29 - Collision on the new line being constructed near Iroquois, CNR Kingston subdivision diversion. One fatality.
1957, February 28 - Canadian National Continental hits a truck at Bells Corners, Beachburg subdivision, and derails two diesel units and ten passenger cars. No serious injuries.
1957, May 8 - Truck runs into the side of the Canadian Pacific Prescott Mixed at Prescott.
1958, April 13 - 13 cars derailed half a mile east of Morrisburg, Canadian National Kingston subdivision
1958, October 14 - Thurso and Nation Valley Railway train runs into a washout.
1958, December 6 - Canadian National passenger train derails about one and a half miles east of Vars after hitting a broken rail. Ten people were injured.
1959, January 26 - Derailment west of Aylmer, Quebec, Canadian Pacific Railway.
1959, April 23 - twelve freight cars and a caboose are derailed in a switching accident at Broad Street, Canadian Pacific Ottawa West yard.
1959, May 20 - 30 cars derail at Dunrobin, Canadian National Beachburg subdivision.
1959, July 23 - Canadian National Vancouver-Montreal train, No. 4 Continental, jumped an open switch a quarter of a mile west of the Canadian National station at Alexandria, Alexandria subdivision. Passengers escaped injury as the engine plowed into 5 freight cars on the siding.
1959, September 14 - A wayfreight side swiped the diner of the pool train, #559 at Brockville, Canadian National, Kingston subdivision. 3 killed, 14 injured.
1959, October 28 - A family of four is killed in a collision with train #34 at the Canadian Pacific Hunt Club Road crossing.
1959, December 20 - 27 cars derail at Lancaster, Canadian National, Kingston subdivision.
1964, August 21 - Passenger train derailment, Leonard, Ontario, Canadian Pacific Railway.
1960, January 28 - 15 cars derailed when a freight train hit a tanker-transport truck at Prescott, CPR. No injuries.
1960, October 14 - 11 cars derail in a freight train near Malwood, Canadian National Beachburg subdivision.
1960, December 30 - four people killed in a vehicle-train collision on the Canadian Pacific Carleton Place subdivision in Britannia.
1961, October 13 - 11 cars derail when a car plows into the rear of a freight train at Carlsbad Springs, Canadian Natinal Alexandria subdivision.
1962, January 7 - "The Dominion" derails at St. Eugene, Canadian Pacific, M and O subdivision and derails the three diesels (8474-1902-1910) and several cars.
1962, January 24 - a freight train derails at Hyndford, Canadian National Renfrew subdivision and demolishes the station.
1962, February 25 (some reports say 24) - a CNR freight train derails 30 cars ar Lansdowne, Kingston sub. No injuries but the station is badly damaged.
1962, July 4 - locomotive on a passenger train catches fire at Portage du Fort. No injuries
1963 April 17 - three locomotives and 27 cars derailed when a CN train hits a bread truck at Portage du Fort, Beachburg subdivision.
1964, July 6 - the Canadian Pacific eastbound "The Canadian" is derailed 2 1/2 miles west of Chalk River. 14 persons were injured. The last six cars derailed (dining car, four sleepers and the dome observation car).
1967, February 2 - A CNR freight train hits a double oil tanker truck at Woodroffe Avenue, Beachburg subdivision. The truck burst into flames which covered the locomotive.
1967, May 11 - an overheated axle bearing caused the derailment of 18 cars just east of Avonmore, Canadian Pacific, Winchester subdivision.
1967, May 25 - Canadian Pacific train #85 strikes maintenance of way equipment at mile 57.3, Lachute subdivision and derails two locomotives. No injuries.
1967, August 13 - Four killed when a dayliner train hits a car between Gatineau and Point Gatineau, Canadian Pacific Lachute subdivision.
1969, January 21 - 34 cars derailed between Carleton Place and Almonte, Canadian Pacific Chalk River subdivision. This was caused by a broken wheel on the fifth car behind the locomotives.
1969, June 14 - A seized wheel bearing derailed 34 cars at Morrisburg, Canadian National Kingston subdivision.
1977, October 8 - Monklands, Canadian Pacific Winchester subdivision. 43 cars derailed as a result of a broken axle.
1970, May 1 - 25 car derailment at Cornwall, Canadian National.
1970, December 29 - 10 car derailment of Canadian National eastbound "Super Continental" at Dunrobin, 13-15 injuries.
1971, January 22 - 23 cars derail just east of Long Sault, Canadian National Kingston subdivision.
1971, December - 21 cars derail at Long Sault, Canadian National Kingston subdivision.
1972, January 7 - 22 freight cars derailed on the CNR Kingston Sub east of Long Sault.
1972, February 11 - 36 cars derail at Morrisburg, Canadian National, Kingston subdivision. There was a release of propane gas and the resulting explosions were heard in Cornwall. It was allowed to burn for nearly four days.
1972, February 28 - an oil tank truck hits a train and bursts into flame at Carp, CNR Renfrew subdivision. Three cars derailed, one killed.
1972, August 11 - A truck hits a dayliner, RDC-1 No. 9066, on train 132 at highway 8/148, Calumet, Canadian Pacific Lachute subdivision, 3 killed, 26 injured.
1973, January 18 - A truck hits train #85 at Papineauville, Canadian Pacific Lachute subdivision. This caused a derailment and 300 people were evacuated as a precaution against a possible chlorine leak.
1973, April 11 - CP through freight from Montreal to Ottawa, #85, was hit by a truck at the east end of Papineauville, Quebec at 1030; 3 units were on the train; the third unit, 8565, was buried and caught fire from cars landing on top of it. A house, shed and a trailer were destroyed by flames and thousands of gallons of heavy oil were spilled into a creek which flows directly into the
1974, January 18 - Westbound train 903 derailed a few hundred feet west of the tower at Bedell, Canadian Pacific Winchester subdivision. Eastbound train 974 ran into the wreckage. No injuries.
1974, June 5 - Eastbound freight train #76 derailed the last 16 cars of its 73-car train at Almonte. The cars ended up over the bridge into the Mississippi River, and hit the flour mill at the highway 44 crossing.
1974, June 20 - a westbound 117-car train derails 29 cars at Apple Hill, Canadian Pacific Winchester subdivision. A chlorine tank car was derailed but did not leak. No injuries.
1974, December 3 - Canadian Pacific two-car passenger train derailed at Gatineau, six injured.
1975, June 26 - "The Canadian" hit a tar truck at the highway 17 crossing between Haleys and Cobden, derailing the entire train of 2 locomotives, 1409-1412 and 8 cars. No injuries.
1975, September 23 - a Montreal-bound Turbo train catches fire at mile 42.5 Kingston subdivision. No injuries.
1976, July 5 - CP Train 904 derailed 30 cars 4 miles east of Perth on the Belleville Subdivision.
1976, November 1 - 22 cars derailed at the Highway 43 crossing in Monkland, Canadian Pacific, Winchester subdivision.
1977, February 6 - 40 cars derailed while passing through Dalhousie Mills Quebec, Canadian Pacific Winchester subdivision. One car hit the Commercial Hotel. There were no injuries.
1977, July 10 - 17 freight cars derailed west of Finch, Canadian Pacific Winchester subdivision.
1979, May 29 - a Via Turbo caught fire near Morrisburg, Canadian National, Kingston subdivision. 210 passengers were evacuated from the train, and the fire took 2 hours to extinguish. The next day, the Turbo trains are pulled from service.
1979, September 19- An eastbound freight train hits a tractor-trailer carrying logs at Wemyss Ontario, west of Perth, Canadian Pacific Belleville subdivision; 24 cars and 3 units derailed
1984, June 21 - VIA #44 with unit 6901and four coaches hit an open switch south of Moodie Drive, diverting the train into Kott Lumber siding. The locomotive hit a carload of lumber. 27 passengers injured.
1980, June 7 - 15 car derailment near Cornwall, Canadian National Kingston subdivision.
1981, January 13 - a car is "popped" out of a train on the Beachburg subdivision.
1981, February 10 - 19 cars derailed on CNR #214 at Bristol, Quebec, Beachburg subdivision, believed to have been caused by a broken axle. (Branchline February 1981).
1981, March 19 - Five volunteer firemen are killed in a crossing accident with CNR #532 at Iroquois, Kingston subdivision, m. 98.9 (Branchline March 1981).
1981, September 6 - CPR train 482 derails 14 cars in the centre of Arnprior.
1982, June 26 - VIA train 63 derails last two cars at high sped at m. 111, Canadian National, Kingston subdivision, near Prescott. The cars were dragged for about a mile before overturning into the ditch. (Branchline June/July 1982, p. 3)
1982, July 10 - 24 cars derailed at Mountain, Canadian Pacific Winchester subdivision.
1982, September 9 - 10 cars of CNR #397 derailed near Coteau, no injuries, line reopened in 24 hours. All VIAs detoured from Brockville to Smiths Falls and east .(Branchline December 1982, page 7)
1983, February 18 - 15 cars of CNR #396 derailed east of Cornwall. All traffic diverted through Smiths Falls. (Branchline March 1983, page 2 and April 1983, page 7.)
1984, June 4 - 14 cars of CPR #904 derail at Apple Hill, Winchester subdivision.
1984, August 14 - 30 cars of Canadian Pacific train #482 derail at Chesterville, Winchester subdivision. No injuries.
1985, February 24 - 27 cars derailed at Petawawa, Canadian Pacific. 500 people evacuated.
1985, December 31 - Canadian Pacific train #505 with 12 units derailed 8 locomotives and 36 cars while passing Sucker Lake, mileage 31.5 on the Belleville Subdivision. There is still a container in the lake from this mishap.
1986, April 2 - 20 cars of 147-car CNR Train #399 derailed just west of the crossing at mileage 73.9 (Bergin) near Long Sault, Ontario, blocking both tracks of the Kingston Subdivision for almost 2 days. 18 of the cars were loaded with fibre board roofs, one carried aluminum ingots, and one was empty. A burned-off axle was identified as the cause of the accident.. A fire broke out as the derailed cars were ignited by butane tanks for switch heaters. (Branchline, May 1986 page 13)
1986, July 14 - 11 cars of train #214 derailed at Achray, Ontario, on the eastern fringe of Algonquin Park, Canadian National Beachburg subdivision. (Branchline, September 1986, page 16).
1986, August 24 - 12 cars of a 131 car CNR freight derailed near the Montreal Road overpass in Kingston. (Branchline, October 1986, page 17).
1987, March 28 - 15 empty flat cars on CNR train #318 derailed at Queens, just east of Kingston, Ontario, blocking both tracks. (Branchline, May 1987, page 19).
1988, June 22 - 23 cars of 134-car CNR train 393 derailed at Coteau East tying up both main lines for a day and a half. (Branchline, July/August 1988, page 19).
1999, June 5 - Crossing accident at Bellamy, Canadian Pacific Railway, Brockville subdivision, 2 fatalities. TSB report R99T0147
1990, January 14 - two people are killed when a truck collides with the last run of VIA Rail Canada's The Canadian, just north of Pembroke, Chalk River subdivision.
1991, January 13 - 23 cars derail near Carlsbad Springs, Canadian National Alexandria subdivision.
1991, January 13 - 33 cars derail 40 km. north of Kingston, Canadian Pacific Belleville subdivision.
1991, January 25 - 24 cars of an eastbound grain train derail at Dunrobin, Canadian National Beachburg subdivision.
1991, January 31 - LRC club car on VIA train 37 lost a wheel and derailed at M&O Junction. The rear set of wheels on the locomotive also derailed. No injuries. TSB Report R91H0006
1991, February 6 - A VIA Rail Canada Ottawa to Toronto train comes close to a head on collision with a CP Rail switching movement just outside Smiths Falls. It was recorded on this YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1q9eBaWY3k
1991, June 19 - 18 cars of Canadian National train 337 derailed at Portage du Fort on the Beachburg subdivision.
1992, February 18 - Two coaches derail on a VIA train as a result of a broken axle
1993, April 7 - 19 cars of train 482 derail at Mountain, on the Canadian Pacific, Winchester subdivision.
1994 November 4 - Crossing accident at Riviere Beaudette, CNR Kingston sub. TSB report RD94D0191
1995, April 20 - pedestrian fatalities at mile 125.25, Brockville, Canadian National Railways, Kingston subdivision. TSB report R95D0055
1996, August 29 - 36 cars derail at mile 32.6, Dalhousie Mills, Canadian Pacific, Winchester subdivision. 200 evacuated TSB report R96H0021
1997, January 30 - truck side frame failure, DuPont Chemicals, Maitland, Canadian National Raiwlays, Kingston subdivision. TSB report R97T0075
1997, August 13 - load shifted striking highway overpass, Bedell, mile 102.9, Canadian Pacific Railway, Winchester subdivision. TSB reportR97H0008
1997, August 27 - runaway cars, Cornwall. TSB report R99D0159
1998, March 1 - 8 cars derail at Lyn, mile 127.54, Canadian National Railways, Kingston subdivision. TSB report R98T0042
1999, July 14 - 16 cars derail in front of the Morrisburg station, Canadian National Kingston subdivision.
1999, August 27 - 6 tank cars run away on Westco spur, Cornwall, Canadian National Railways, mile 69.4, Kingston subdivision. TSB report R99D0159
2005, July 4 - CN freight #786 derailed 51 empty tank cars near Prescott, Canadian National Kingston subdivision. No injuries. TSB report R05H0013
2000 to 2009
2001, January 16 - 26 cars derail at Mallorytown, Canadian National Railways, Kingston subdivision. TSB report R01T0006
2002, May 13 - crossing accident CNR Kingston. TSB report R02&0149
2002, December 20 - 10 car derailment at Cornwall, Centre Road, Canadian National.
2003, May 21 - 25 cars derail on the site of the station at Green Valley, Canadian Pacific Winchester subdivision, west of the Highway 34 crossing. TSB report R03T0158
2004, June 28 - crossing accident Munster, Smiths Falls sub. TSB report R04H0009
2004, October 6 - Crossing collision, Castleford, Ottawa Valley Railway, Chalk River subdivision, 1 fatality TSB report R04H0014
2005, February 17 - crossing accident at Brockville, Canadian National Kingston subdivision. TSB report R05T0030
2005, February 19 - a broken rail derails eight cars on a 95 car train at Cotieville, 2 km west of Renfrew, Ottawa Valley Railway Chalk River subdivision
2005, May 2 - Runaway and main track collision, Ottawa Central Railway, Maxville, Alexandria subdivision. TSB report R05H0011.
2007, March 12 - eastbound CN freight derails 32 cars at the Queens switch, Kingston. No injuries.
2007, July 4 - runaway rolling stock Smiths Falls. TSB report R07H0015
2007, August 25 - some 13 cars on CP container train #230 are derailed at Tichbourne by a broken rail or rail turnover. No injuries. TSB report R07T0240
2008, July 15 - VIA passenger train #60 hits a flatbed truck carrying a bulldozer which had bottomed out and unable to move on a crossing at Mallorytown. The locomotive and baggage car were derailed, minor injuries. TSB report R08T0158
2009, February 6 - 20 cars of a CP freight train derail at Dalhousie Mills, Winchester subdivision. No injuries. TSB Report RD09D0012.
2009, May 10 - The Hull-Chelsea-Wakefield excursion train derailed one car at a crossing near Larrimac, QC. The train was running at 2-3 mph, no injuries.
2009, August 16 - VIA locomotive 902 on passenger train 46 catches fire at Richmond, Smiths Falls sub., closest crossing McBean Street. 334 passengers were evacuated without injury, ten treated for insect bites and stress. Both engineers were taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation. TSB report R09H0010
2010, March 2 - CN train 309 derails 27 cars at Morrisburg, Kingston sub. There were no injuries but VIA trains between Montreal and Kingston were diverted via Ottawa on that day. TSB report R10T0035
2010 to date
2010, October 18 - CN train M36831-18 derails 18 cars near Lancaster, Kingston sub. TSB report R10D0088
2013, September 18 - an OC Transpo double deck bus hits a VIA train at Woodroffe Avenue on the Transitway. Five bus passengers and the bus driver were killed. The locomotive and part of the train were derailed. The train was approaching the Fallowfield station on the Smiths Falls sub. Click here to see the TSB news release of 24 September 2014.
2014, March 3 - an extra locomotive on VIA train 57 catches fire just east of Alexandria, Alexandria subdivision
2014, July 10 - CN freight train derails 26 cars near Lyn Road, Brockville. No injuries. Click here to see TSB Railway Investigation Report R14T0160 5 November 2015
2014, August 1 - a CN freight derails at Ganoque and VIA 47 runs into the wreckage. One minor injury.
2014, August 11 - a northbound OTrain derails at a switch at Carleton station. There was one minor injury. Service was suspended until 0845 the next day.