Details of Railway Accidents in the Ottawa Area

1960, November 17 - Crossing Accident, Island Park Drive, CPR Carleton Place sub., one fatality

From the Ottawa Citizen 18 November 1960

Fast Dayliner Kills Girl, 6
Six-year-old Carole Callan Jones, of 205 Island Park Drive, was killed about 4 p.m. yesterday when struck by a fast-moving CPR dayliner at a level crossing on Island Park Drive just north of Scott. Street.
A daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd J. Jones, she died of head injuries in Civic Hospital some 3 1/2 hours after the accident.
A spokesman for the Champlain Home Owners' Association said the dayliner was travelling at 60 miles an hour but a CPR spokesman stated the speed was 40.
Heard Screeching Of Brakes
The allegation was made by J. R. Anderson, executive officer of the Champlain Home Owners' Association, who lives at 276 Island Park Drive. Mrs. Anderson heard the sudden screeching of the train's brakes and went out to see the little girl dying.
The CPR spokesman said it has definitely been established that the speed of the train at the time of the accident was 40 m.p.h.
He said the intersection is a protected crossing. The bells were ringing and the lights were on and there was a school patrol on the spot at the time.
City Stymied
The city has exhausted every possible means to have train speeds at level crossings reduced. Alderman Murray Heit said today.
Alderman Heit, chairman of the civic trains speed committee, said that last August he, with city solicitor Gordon Medcalf, appeared before a board of railway transport commissioners appealing for a speed of 45 m.p.h. at level crossings.
He said the railways were adamant in their refusal to cut speed at level crossings. They held trains were on schedule and speeds could not be reduced and schedules maintained. The board of railway transport commissioners rejected the city's application for reduced train speeds.
The youngster was on her way home from Hilson Avenue School when hit by the onrushing east-bound train. Among the first at the scene was her mother, who had come to meet her with a car.
Crossed Safely Once
Directed by a school patrol at Scott Street, Carole had just made one safe crossing of the tracks when her mother passed her in the auto.
The girl was struck as she tried to recross the tracks to join her mother, who was busy parking the car on Patricia Avenue near Scott Street.
Mrs. Jones did not witness the accident.
Engineer Dalbert Payne, of 151 Spadina Avenue, vainly applied the brakes when the youngster suddenly appeared in front of the train. It stopped 725 feet east of the crossing.
Whistle Blew
Conductor Clyde Taman, of 638 Gilmour Street, said the train whistle was blowing as it neared the crossing, which is guarded by flashing red "wigwag" signals.
Born in Ottawa, Carole was in Grade One at Hilson Avenue School. Her mother is the former LeNor Callan.
Besides her parents she leaves a brother, Craig, 17, and a sister, Brenda, 15, both students at Fisher Park High School.
Mr. Jones is vice-president and general manager of R. A.Beamish Stores Company Limited

From the Ottawa Citizen 13 December 1960

Jury Attaches No Blame In Girl's Train Death
Six-year-old Carol Callan Jones was wearing a fur-lined hood over her head when she was killed by a CPR dayliner November 17, a coroner's jury was told last night.
"I don't believe she ever heard or saw me," said engineer Delmer Payne, of 153 Spadina Avenue.
A daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Jones, 205 Island Park Drive, Carol was struck at the crossing on Island Park Drive north of Scott Street. She died a few hours later in Civic Hospital
Attach No Blame
Last night's jury attached no blame in the fatality. Like some other recent juries, though, it called for a reduction of train speeds in the city to "the speed limit for other vehicles".
Engineer Payne testified his engine was travelling at 40 miles per hour as he approached the crossing, sounding his horn and warning bell from a quarter-mile away.
Inside the city, he said, engineers have instructions not to exceed 45 miles per hour. At some crossings, lower speeds are specified, he added.
Evidence was that the wigwag warning signals at the crossing were also working at the time of the accident.
Recrosses Tracks
Sgt Kingsle'y Ackland of the Ottawa police said the girl had already made one safe crossing of the tracks on her way home from Hilson Avenue School.
She was struck as she re-crossed the tracks to rejoin a school patrol on Scott Street, where her mother had arranged to meet her with a car.

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