Details of Railway Accidents in the Ottawa Area

 1908, March 23 - Freight train derails nine cars at Burritts siding, CPR., Winchester sub, no injuries

Merrickville Star 26 March 1908

An east Bound Freight Meets With an Accident on Monday Morning

An eastbound freight in charge of Conductor Hutchins was derailed at Burritts Siding, 3 miles from Merrickville, at about four o'clock this morning. Nine cars were upset from the track but little damage was done to them, and none of the crew injured. The canse [sic] was the tearing up of a portion of the track by a train coming from the east a short time previous, which caused the rails to spread but allowed the first train to pass without derailing it. In fact there was no suspicion of any injury being caused until the eastbound train came along.
Wrecking crews were despatched! from Smiths Falls immediately and the track waa cleared at noon.
Passenger train No. 6 eastbound and due here about 4.50. a.m. had to back up to Smiths Falls and continue to Montreal via Ottawa.
The Perth Local due here at 8.30 was detained until one o'clock before it could go on to Montreal.
Passenger train No. 3 westbound was only delayed about three quarters of an hour.
The damage done to freight and cars was fortunately slight but the line was blocked for about eight hours and the Merrickville and Kemptville yards were filled with freight trains unable to proceed.
The Perth local passengers were served with dinner here but by some misunderstanding the C.P.R. did not arrange for this accommodation.

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