Details of Railway Accidents in the Ottawa Area

1959, January 1 - Crossing Accident Smiths Falls, CPR Brockville sub., no injuries

From the Ottawa Citizen  2 January 1959.

Train-Car Collision; None Injured
SMITHS FALLS (Special) A Smiths Falls youth, John Francis Murray. 17, of 73 Aberdeen Avenue, escaped injury in a train- car crash here about 5 p.m. on New Years Day.
Proceeding west on Chambers Street East at the time, Murray failed to notice the slow moving CPR Brockville pool train moving out of the yards, until the locomotive was already crossing Chambers Street. Applying brakes his car skidded on the sleet covered road, sending him crashing out of control into the first car behind the locomotive. The slow moving train turned the 1952 model car around and shoved it into the east ditch. Extensive damage resulted to the car. The train, unaffected by the accident proceeded to its destination.
The young driver remained tn the autombtle throughout his nerve wracking experience.
Crew on tne CPR train. No. 263, consisted of Conductor W. Parker, Engineer L. Black and Fireman Bertrand T. Canning of Ottawa.
Constables Don Wilson and James White of Smiths Falls Police investigated the accident.

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