Details of Railway Accidents in the Ottawa Area

  1881, 12 October - Collision at Masson

Ottawa Citizen October 13

The main line was occupied by a freight train and it was necessary to effect a crossing with the Montreal express that the latter should take the siding  on which stood a freight car loaded with flour.  The engineer of the passenger train found, on nearing the station, that it was necessary to apply the brakes immediately in order to prevent a collision with the freight car and he immediately did so, but unfortunately the sudden and powerful effect thus caused the breaking of the connection with the baggage car and also rendered the brakes useless.  Thus unrestrained, the cars in the rear of the engine urged the latter along, and the collision followed, wrecking the freight car and also damaging the engine to such an extent that it cannot be used again until repaired.

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