Details of Railway Accidents in the Ottawa Area

1934, February 2 - Crossing collision Morrisburg, CNR., Kingston sub., two horses killed.

Winchester Press 8 February 1934


Struck by a Montreal-Toronto Canadian National express train last Friday night two fine horses were killed and the sleigh split into matchwood two miles east of Morrisburg. The owner, George Dawley, escaped death when he jumped before the train struck. The train was travelling in two sections that evening and Mr. Dawley was driving logs from the woods north of his farmhouse, saw the first section pass and started across the tracks, the second section came on the scene abruptly travelling at its usual high speed. It struck the horses and sleigh, throwing the logs more than 100 feet into nearby fields. Mr. Dawley had just time to slide from the back of the sleigh.

Morrisburg Leader 9 February 1934


Mr. George Dawley, Rverside, narrowly escaped death on Friday of last week, when the team of horses which he was driving were struck by a C.N.R. train and instantly killed and the sleigh copmpletely destroyed.
Mr. Dawley was accompanied by his son. The two had been drawing logs from the bush, and as they approached the track, failed to notice the on-coming express. Both Mr. Dawley and his son miraculously escaped death, leaping from the sleigh just as the train swept the load from the tracks, many feet into the field.
No damage was done to the express, which, after coming to a stop, continued on its journey.

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