Details of Railway Accidents in the Ottawa Area

1955, July 18 - Crossing Accident at Perth, CPR, Belleville sub., one injury

From the Ottawa Citizen 18 July 1955:

Auto In Train's Path At Perth, Driver Hurt
PERTH (Special) John Mervyn Roberts, 52, of Lanark, narrowly escaped death Saturday afternoon at 4.20 o'clock when he drove into the path of an eastbound CPR passenger train at Wilson Street crossing at Perth. Roberts was driving south on Wilson Street and stopped on the north side of a double track to permit a westbound freight train to pass. He was alone at the time.
When the freight had passed he drove onlo the track and the express struck his sedan car and crashed it through the guard fence approaching the tracks, into the ditch.
Roberts was given medical attention at the scene of the accident by Dr. A. E. Fowler, and removed by ambulance to the Great War Memorial Hospital where it was found he was suffering from a concussion and several lacerations. His condition is not considered serious.
The accident was witnessed by Alex Kay, of Perth, who had stopped his car on the south side of the tracks to permit the trains to pass.
Mrs. Robert Dixon, w ho resides near the crossing, also was a witness to the accident.
M. Meraw. of Smiths Falls, was the engineer on the passenger train and Thomas Broughan, was the conductor.
Police Chief C. H. Thompson of Perth and Constable William Ritchie investigated the accident

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