Details of Railway Accidents in the Ottawa Area

1898, March 17 - Head on collision at Merrickville - sixteen cars destroyed.

Chesterville Record 3/17/1898

At 5 o'clock this afternoon two freight trains came together about a mile east of this station, the result being the destruction of two engines and sixteen cars.  All hands jumped and escaped injury.  It will be some hours before the road can be cleared.  The accident seems to have been due to misunderstanding of orders given at Smiths Falls.

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