Details of Railway Accidents in the Ottawa Area

1883, February 6 - Collision at Kenyon Road, Canada Atlantic, 1 killed, 4 injured.

Ottawa Citizen February 8

On Tuesday night last an accident occurred on the Canada Atlantic road which seems to have arisen from the want of due attention to instructions on the part of some of the hands, and unfortunately resulted in the loss of life.  The accident occurred at Kenyon and was caused by a collision between the night mixed trains which are supposed to cross at that point.  The west bound train had arrived at the station, and after discharging its passengers, was backing to enter the siding and make way for the train bound eastward.  The latter came ahead under the control of one of the oldest and ablest engineers on the line but, owing to the dark and storm nature of the night he does not seem to have seen the other train until it was too late to avoid a collision.  The engines were not thrown off the track, but were considerably injured.  The passengers on board sustained no damage beyond considerable fright.  The fireman of the eastbound train Mr. Clarke, was unfortunately killed, and the engineer, Mr. Miles, had two of his ribs broken, besides sustaining other injuries.  Clarke, who was killed, was a young man residing with his parents at Coteau and was highly thought of by all of his friends.  Three other train hands were also injured but not seriously.  The cause of the collision, so far as can be learned, was the state of the night which prevented the engineer of the eastbound train to see what was before him.

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