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1909, December 17 - Crossing fatality near Osgoode, CPR., Prescott sub.



Ottawa Citizen 18 December 1909

CROSSING FATALITY
Mrs. T. Hunt of Osgoode Loses . Life While Driving.
(Special to the Evening Citizen.) Osgoode Station, Dec. 17. Mrs. Thomas Hunt, wife of a farmer residing near here, was instantly killed in a collision with the evening C.P.R. passenger train at Dillon crossing, two miles south of Osgoode station. The woman was in a buggy driving with some produce to market. It appears that, from the account of Mrs. Dillon, a woman who saw the accident, that the late Mrs Hunt lost control of the horse, which ran as though excited towards the crossing. It had just reached the rails when the train, going at twenty-five miles an hour, caught it in the rear, tore the shafts from the buggy, and threw the unfortunate woman about thirty feet. It appears that her head had struck a telegraph pole. Her head was terribly mutilated. When found life seemed almost extinct, although the pulse was still slightly beating. The horse was also killed. After the accident the train, which had gone past the crossing, about a hundred yards, was stopped and backed up and stayed for about five minutes. Local residents then looked after the body while the train went on to Osgoode Station, where the accident was reported and help sent by hand-car. The late Mrs. Hunt was about thirty-five years of age and the mother of three children, the youngest of which is six months old. She was a daughter of Mr. Edward Boyd, of Osgoode Station.
Dr. Baptie left this morning for Osgoode Station, where he will empanel a jury to hold an inquest.

Ottawa Citizen 23 December 1909

NEGLIGENCE FOUND
In Recent Crossing Fatality at Osgoode Station.
Negligence on the part of both Engineer Stewart and the late Mrs. T. Hunt of Osgoode station, was what, in the opinion of the coroner's jury, caused the death of the latter, who was struck by a train, and killed at Dillon crossing last Friday evening. The inquest was conducted yesterday by Coroner Baptie in a hall near Osgoode station, a large crowd being present, and over 12 witnesses were examined. The evidence did not satisfy the jury that the engineer had blown his whlstle or rung his bell for the crossing, and did show that deceased had her collar up, this preventing her from seeing the train to a certain extent.
As a rider to the verdict it was recommended that the approach to the crossing on the road should be widened sufficiently to give a horse room to turn.

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