|Ottawa Journal 30 April 1928|
Recover one body and two of crew are still missing
Freight train wrecked by rocks which had fallen on tracks 30 miles from Smiths Falls.
Montreal, April 30. - the following statement was issued here today by the Canadian Pacific Railway in connection with the wreck which occurred at Bolingbroke, Ont., last night:
"At about 9.55 p.m. Standard time last night, a freight extra while passing through a rock cut between Bolingbrook and Crow Lake, about 30 miles west of Smiths Falls, came in contact with a quantity of rock which had fallen on the track from the north side of the line, from a height of about 30 feet, derailing the engine and a number of cars.
Only one body recovered."The head and crew of Engineer M. M. Catarine, and Brakeman D. R. Woods, Smiths Falls, and Fireman M. Mackenzie, of Havelock, Ont., are believed killed, although the body of engineer Catarine is the only one which has yet been located."
Two men missing.Smiths Falls, Ont., April 30. - Three men are believed to have been killed when the engine and a number of cars of a Canadian Pacific Railway freight train were derailed in a rock cut, 30 miles west of here last night, so far only the body of engineer M. M. Catarine has been recovered from the wreckage. Brakeman. R. Wood, who with the engineer was from Smiths Falls, and fireman M. MacKenzie, of Havelock are missing.
The derailment was caused by a fall of rock from about 30 feet up on the north side of the cutting, according to railway officials.
Fourteen cars all together left the rails. Catarine was 40 years of age, Mackenzie 26 years old, and Wood 33 years old. Mrs Catarine, mother of the engineer, is in a critical condition following the shock of her son's death.
The body of Catarine when recovered was severely burnt by the steam from the boiler head, which had burst. The engine throttle was shoved in, indicating he had seen the danger and had ineffectually tried to stop the engine.
The rock which fell and caused the accident is thought to have been loosened by Spring freshets.
Failed to see obstruction.Perth, April 30. - caused by a rockslide and an accumulation of rock on the tracks, a Canadian Pacific freight train was derailed last night at mileage 31, between Bolingbrook and Crow Lake, near here. The exact spot is known as Sucker Lake and is one of the most dangerous spots on the road. An "S" curve at the point where the accident occurred in which three members of the crew lost their lives, renders it almost impossible for a train crew to see any obstructions.
An hour before the wreck happened the watchman on duty at mileage 31 walked over the track and found everything in order. The line was clear then and no sign of an approaching rockslide. There are several upgrades around mileage 31 and of necessity the train was getting up speed to negotiate them. Once around the curve the engine crashed head-on into the pile of rock, several tons of which came tumbling down onto the tracks.
Ottawa Citizen, 30 April 1928
Smiths Falls. Engineers Body Only recovered, 2 are missing
Believed fireman and brakeman of C.P.R. freight are killed when a fall of rock causes derailment.
Though three men are believed to have been killed when the engine and a number of cars of a Canadian Pacific Railway freight train were derailed in a rock cut 30 miles west of here last night, so far only the body of Engineer M.M. Caterine has been recovered from the wreckage. Brakeman D.R. Wood, who with the engineer was from Smiths Falls, and Fireman M. MacKenzie, of Havelock are missing.
The derailment was caused by a fall of rock from about 30 feet up on the north side of the cutting according to the railway officials.
Fourteen cars altogether left the rails.
Caterine was 40 years of age, MacKenzie 26 years old and Woods 33 years old. Mrs. Caterine, mother of the engineer, is in critical condition following the shock of her son's death.
The body of Caterine when recovered was severely burned by the steam from the boiler, which had burst. The engine throttle was shoved in, indicating he had seen the danger and had ineffectually tried to stop the engine.
The rock which fell and caused the accident is thought to have been loosened by spring freshets. A huge pile of rock had blocked the track of the locomotive.
Ottawa Citizen 3 May 1928
Inquest in Death of Three C.P.R. Trainmen
SHARBOT LAKE, Ont., May 3. An inquest to being held here this afternoon into the deaths of M. Caterine, engineer; M. Mackenzie, fireman, and D. R. Wood, brakeman, in the derailment of a westbound Canadian Pacific freight train on Sunday evening at Bolingbroke. The wreck was caused probably by a fall of rock onto the tracks from the side of a rock cut. The throttle of the engine had been shoved in, indicating that the engineer had attempted to bring his train to a standstill.
Dr. Suddaby, of Sharbot Lake, is the coroner. T. J. Rigney. crown attorney of Kingston, is attending the inquest.