Details of Railway Accidents in the Ottawa Area

1940, October 15 - Attempt to derail a passenger train at Woito, CNR., Locksley sub.

Ottawa Journal 18 October 1940

Charge Girl, 17 Tried to Derail C.N.R. Train
PEMBROKE, Oct. 17. A blonde 17-year-old girl, Doris Schwartz, of Wilberforce Township, appeared in Pembroke police court tonight and pleaded guilty to placing an obstruction liable to cause property damage, on the C.N.R. tracks near Woito Station, about 15 miles from Pembroke, on October 15.  She wss remanded to Monday for sentence by Magistrate Galligan.
The charge in part stated, "on October 15, in Wilberforce Township did unlawfully place an angle bar, liable to cause property damage, on the Canadian National Railways tracks about one and a half miles east of Woito Station". The charge was laid by Inspector B. B. Harris, of the department of Investigation of the C.N.R, Ottawa.
The locomotive drawing the passengerr train from Pembroke to Golden Lake struck the bar which was lying on the track, about one p.m., October 15. The train waa not derailed but the engineer stopped his train, investigated, and found the angle bar.
Inspector Harris explained to His Worship that an angle bar was the steel bar used to join the ends of the rails together by bolts. It was 18 inches long, four inches wide, one half inch thick, and curved on one side.

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