Details of Railway Accidents in the Ottawa Area

1935, November 4 - Vice Regal train kills two horses at Pendleton, CPR., M&O sub.

Ottawa Citizen 6 November, 1935

Vlce-Regal Train Killed Two Horses
Pendleton Farmer Had Narrow Escape Attempting to Save Animals.
PENDLETON, Ont, Nov. 5-0vide Beudreau, Pendleton farmer, narrowly escaped being struck by the. special C.P.R. train which was carrying Canada's new Governor General, Lord Tweedsmuir. and the vice-regal party to the Capital on Monday afternoon as he sought to prevent two of his valuable horses from running into the pathway of the train. His efforts to drive them off the track were unsuccessful and both horses were killed.
The horses had escaped from Mr Beudreau's farm. which is a quarter of a mile north of the C.P.R. track on the boundary between Russell and Prescott counties. The animals became frightened at the train's whistle and raced onto the tracks in front of the approaching train. The engineer slowed speed but was unable to avoid hitting the animals.
Noticing that rhe horses had escaped. Mr. Beudreau had gone in search of them and in trying to drive them off the tracks was almost struck by the train himself. The train did not stop after the accident.
The horses were valued at $300. It was the second team of horse in the district to be killed within a week.

Ottawa Citizen 7 November 1935

Vice-Regal regret sent to Pendleton man losing horses
Lord Tweedsmuir directs letter to farmer whose animals were killed by Vice-Regal train.

Evidence of the kindly thoughtfulness of his Excellency Lord Tweedsmuir, Canada's new Governor-General was given this morning when his Excellency directed a note of deep regret be dispatched to Ovide Boudreau, Pendleton farmer, whose two valuable horses were unavoidably struck and killed by the Vice-Regal special train when nearing the Capital Monday afternoon.
His excellency's first intimation of the unfortunate accident came when he read an item in the Morning Citizen today and at once he instructed his private secretary, Arthur S. Redfern, to write to Mr Boudreaux voicing his regret.
Mr. Boudreaux's horses had escaped from his farm, one-quarter of a mile north of the C.P.R. track near Pendleton, on the boundary between Russell and Prescott counties, and strayed onto the railway right-of-way. Mr. Boudreaux, trying to drive the horses, frightened by the train whistle, to safety, was almost struck himself by the train. The engineer slowed the vice-regal train but was unable to avoid striking the two horses.

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