Details of Railway Accidents in the Ottawa Area

1957, July 2 - Crossing accident Smiths Falls, one fatality

Ottawa Citizen  2 July 1957

Man Killed By Train At Crossing
SMITHS FALLS (Staff) A 27-year-old ward supervisor at the Ontario Hospital School here, George Hamilton, of RR 2, Merrickville, was fatally injured Monday afternoon when his car was struck by a diesel-powered Canadian Pacific Railway passenger train at a level crossing near the southeast limit of Smiths Falls.
Hamilton died of a fractured skull and brain hemorrhage shortly after he was taken from the wreckage and brought to Smiths Falls Public Hospital by Amy Ambulance.
Police said Hamilton was driving alone south on the Smiths Falls-Jasper Road when the right rear of his 1952 Ford was struck by Brockville-Ottawa passenger train No. 562 as it headed into Smiths Falls.
The impact spun the car around once and sent it skidding into a shallow ditch on the east side of the paved road south of the crossing. It came to rest on its wheels, facing the tracks. The roof was nearly sheared off.
In charge of the train were Conductor Jack McNally and Engineer H. G. Alexander, both of Ottawa. Others in the crew were also from Ottawa.
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