Details of Railway Accidents in the Ottawa Area

1921, January 15 - Crossing collision Renfrew, CPR., Chalk River sub., one fatality

Ottawa Citizen Tuesday 18 January 1921

RENFREW, Ont.. Jan. 17. A coroner's jury, with Dr. A. S. Wade as coroner, and Reeve McEwn as its foreman, met in the council chamber today to investigate the death of Albert Blackburn of Castleford. killed by a C.P.R. train here on Saturday night. They exonerated the train crew from all blame, but severely censured the C.P.R. for leaving cars on the track in such position as to obstruct the view of the crossing. The evidence showed that the engine whistled and the automatic bell on the engine was ring ing as usual, but that deceased was dressed in a fur coat with large collar up around his head. He was in the habit of driving over the crossing about the same time, and it appeared from evidence that he could have seen the approach of the train
The train crew ran out of Ottawa on the C.P.R. Ottawa to Pembroke local which is due here at 6.65 p.m. Frank Towsley was engineer, William Goodfellow conductor and Duncan Smith, fireman. The body has been taken home to Castleford for burial.

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