Details of Railway Accidents in the Ottawa Area

1948, 6 August - Crossing Accident at Graham Bay, Canadian National, one serious injury

From the Ottawa Citizen August 6, 1948

Car Crashes CNR Train
Montreal Driver Critically Hurt
Ronald Samuel Sealy, 40, of 4611 Melrose avenue, Montreal, was critically injured shortly after 9 o'clock this morning when his automobile crashed into a speeding CNR train at the Graham'a Bay crossing on Highway 15, some 12 miles west of Ottawa.
Rushed to Ottawa Civic Hospital, the injured man, suffering from an almost completely severed right leg, fractured skull, fractured arm and severe internal injuries is given only a slight chance for recovery.
Engine Damaged
The locomotive was extensively damaged in the crash and the train enroute to Barry's Bay, was delayed for more than an hour until a new locomotive could bm routed from Ottawa.
Mr. Sealy's car was a total wreck. According to the report of Provincial Constable C. B. Cresswell, the automobile was travelling towards Ottawa and the train was speeding westward. The main portion of the motor car was tossed a distance of 44 feet into the west south ditch and the engine of the vehicle was carried 42 feet further. The grill work and part of the hood had to be pried from the side of the locomotive.
The injured man was apparently thrown clear and he was found lying near a fence 25 feet from the tracks. When Constable Cresswell arrived. Mr. Sealy was still conscious despite his terrible injuries and he remained conscious until given an anaesthetic in hospital.
The train was in charge of Conductor M. J. Reid. 261 Russell avenue. Engineer H. Sheehan. 315 Arthur street, and Fireman Albert Hill, also of Ottawa

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