Details of Railway Accidents in the Ottawa Area

 1952, August 7 - five people are killed in a crossing accident near Petawawa, CPR Chalk River sub.

Cobden Sun 7 August 1952

A man, his wife, and three sons, all of Petawawa, were all killed Monday afternoon (3 August) at that village when their car was struck by a freight train. Their only daughter escaped death, but is in critical condition at Pembroke hospital.
Dead are Percy Touseant, 30, father of the family, his wife, Evelyn, 25, the former Evelyn Hudson, and three of their children, Nelson, five, Leonard, three and Edward, two.
In critical condition in hospital, suffering from serious internal injuries and two broken legs, is the eldest of the family, Idella, aged seven.
The Touseant car was struck at a railway crossing a few hundred feet from Petawawa Station by an eastbound freight about 4.40 on Monday afternoon.
Police believe that the driver of the car, which was travelling south, did not see the freight train and attempted to cross the tracks.  Engineer of the train, Leslie Ritchie, of Smiths Falls, said that he did not see the car until the crash.  A light rain was falling at the time.
The automobole was thrown about 100 feet from the point of impact and tore down a number of fence posts before coming to rest.
Mrs. Touseant and two-year-old Edward were killed outright while Leonard and Nelson died three hours after the accident. Percy Touseant died that evening about 10 o'clock in Pembroke General Hospital.

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