Details of Railway Accidents in the Ottawa Area

1957, February 2 - Freight train runs into passenger train at Montebello, CPR, Lachute sub. 9 injuries

Ottawa Citizen  8 February 1957

$100,000 Collision Injures 9
MONTEBELLO (Staff) A CPR freight train rammed the rear of an Ottawa bound passenger train here last night, resulting In minor iniuries to nine persons and causing more than $100,000 damage.
The last car of the train - apparently pulling out of the local station when the freight extra overtook it-was partially derailed and heavy damage caused to the underparts of five cars.
Major Damage
A CPR official at the scene this morning said that damage would exceed $100,000. Broken under carriages, couplings and other connections comprised the major part of the loss. All cars stayed upright.
The accident occurred in front of the railway station about 7.30 p.m. as the train No. 423, on the regular Montreal - Ottawa North Shore run - was pulling out for Ottawa.
The tracks were cleared over night and the passengers conveyed to Ottawa and other points by taxi. The train leaving Ottawa for Montreal at 8.45 a.m. today was not affected.
All of the injured were treated for bruises, lacerations and other minor injuries at the scene of the accident. It was believed that none of them required hospitalization. Dr. Marcel Menard and Roger Champagne treated the injured. Assisting with the details of arranging for alternative transportation were the station master, Raoul Lefebvre, and his assistant Gilles Gignac.
Cook Thrown
Dr. Menard said that the most severely Injured was the parlor car cook, Rolland Hudon, of Montreal, who "went flying across the kitchen" when the freight train struck.
Company officials also listed these people among the injured
Passengers - Aurele Brazeau and Allen Collin, both of Gatineau, Miss A. Langlois, of St Andre Avelin, and Mrs. Eugene Carrriere.
Crew members Conductor W. C. Hicks, of Montreal: Trainman Robert Chalifoux, of Laval des Rapides, Que.; Express Messenger Paul Renaud, of Rosemount. Que.; and Parlor Car Conductor Jacques St Jacques, of Montreal.

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