Details of Railway Accidents in the Ottawa Area

1954, May 4 - Two locomotives and 17 cars derailed at Coteau, CNR Kingston sub. No injuries

From the Ottawa Journal Tuesday 4 May 1954

Freight Derailed At Coteau Station
MONTREAL, May 4. CP) Two engines and 17 cars of a Canadian National Railways freight train jumped the tracks today at Coteau Station, some 40 miles west of Montreal, spilling tinned goods, bottles and animals along the track.
The two-man crew of the lead locomotive escaped uninjured although suffering from shock.
The cause of the derailment was not definitely known but it was believed the men applied their emergency brakes and suddenly after going on to the wrong track at a switching point.
Several cars overturned after jumping the track. Forty-five others remained upright, on the rails. The derailed cars came to a stop only a few feet from the station.
The accident occurred shortly after 4 a.m. EDT. The train was bound from, Brockville to Montreal.

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