Details of Railway Accidents in the Ottawa Area

1921, January 18 - Trespasser incident, Rochester street, GTR., Renfrew sub., one fatality

Ottawa Citizen 18 January 1921

Mr.. Albert H. Harvey, a man about 60 years old. was killed shortly before noon today by the Incoming Pembroke train near Rochester street crossing of the Grand Trunk railway.
Harvey was very deaf, and was walking on the track. He apparently did not hear the whistle or the electric bell at the crossing, anil was struck and thrown some distance and instantly killed.
Harvey was known locally by his nickname of "Bruno." He resided in a rooming house, 619 Cumberland street, and had been employed at the Canadlan National telegraph offices as a messenger.
He leaves a wife and two children, one son and one daughter. His wife and family recently moved from Ottawa to Toronto, where they now are.
The body was taken to Woodburn's undertaking parlor and an inquest hns been called for eight o'olock tonight.

Ottawa Citizen 26 January 1921

The G. T. Railway Company and train crew In charge of the train that killed the late A. H. Harvey on Jan. 18th at the Rochester street crossing, Ottawa, were absolved from blame at the inquest held last night at the police station by Coroner J. E. Craig.
Mr. Walter Taylor was foreman of the jury and some of the train crew who gave evidence were J. Marsh, conductor, Aylmer Ave., Ottawa: W. J. Keevil, trainman. 65 Laurier Ave., East: E. Marchand, brakemnn, Pembroke: H. Brown, engineer, 91 Greenfield Ave., Ottawa East; F. Rennick, fireman, 66 Havelock-Ave.
The verdict was "That the late A. H. Harvey came to his death of Jan. 18th, 1921, In Ottawa, and the cause of his death was due to him being struck by G. T. Railway train No. 58 at the Rochester street crossing, which was accidental. In all probability the fatalty was due to the fact that the deceased was deaf."

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