Details of Railway Accidents in the Ottawa Area

1859, September - Brockville and Ottawa Railway two early accidents at Perth and Franktown

Perth Courier of Friday, September 23, 1859


On Monday morning (19 September) last, Mr. James Peel, a switchman the Perth Depot on the B. & O. Railway, when coupling a car to the locomotive tender, got jammed in the "bumpers," which struck him in the abdomen, and he was so severely injured that he died the same evening about ten o'clock. — He leaves a widow and small family to mourn his loss. No blame can be attached to anyone connected with the road.

On Friday evening last (16 September) as the gravel train of the B. & O. Railway was returning from Franktown, a young man named W.Brown of Montague, attempted to cross the track in a wagon, although warned by the ringing of the bell; but before he got across the locomotive struck the wagon, smashing it to pieces and precipitating the young man on to the track, where the wheels passed over one of his feet. His thigh and jaw were broken by the fall. The horse escaped uninjured. Some of the platform cars were thrown off the track.

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