Details of Railway Accidents in the Ottawa Area

1931, June 1 - Crossing collision Jasper, CPR., Brockville sub.

Ottawa Journal 2 June 1931

Boy badly hurt in Crossing crash
Fast train hits automobile near Smiths Falls.

Smiths Falls, Ont., Jun 1 - when the car in which they were riding was struck by a fast travelling Brockville-Ottawa C.P.R. train at the Jasper crossing, near Smiths Falls, this afternoon, Lyle Anderson, 15-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Anderson, and Charles Burnett, received injuries which necessitated their being taken to the local public hospital. Young Anderson is in a serious condition and his skull is believed fractured while Charles Burnett, the driver of the car, escaped with only minor cuts and bruises.

The accident occurred shortly after four o'clock this afternoon when Burnett, accompanied by the Anderson boy, was driving from Smiths Falls in the direction of Jasper. It is thought he failed to see the approaching train and that the speeding locomotive struck the automobile smashing the front end completely and throwing Anderson a considerable distance. The car was tossed back into a nearby fence and was almost completely demolished in the crash.

The two were immediately rushed to Smiths Falls where they were admitted to the public hospital. Dr. H.M. Ferguson and Dr. H.A. Whitcomb are attending them. Burnett's injuries were found to be only of a minor nature but an examination revealed that Anderson was in a critical condition.

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