From the Ottawa Citizen 22 January 1960.|
Car Skids Into Train, 2 Injured
A young married couple narrowly escaped possible death last night when their car was struck by a CPR passenger train at Manotick Station shortly before midnight.
Ernest Crowder, 21, and his wife, Shirley, 19, of Green Acres subdivision, South Gloucester, were rushed to Civic Hospital after their (sic) car skidded on icy County Road No. 5, where it crosses the railway line near the station and was struck by a diesel locomotive.
Mrs. Crowder was in "only fair" condition this morning after undergoing an operation for the removal of the spleen. She also sustained head lacerations and shock.
Police said she was thrown from the car and landed in deep snow, which prevented more serious injury.
Crowder was Improving today after treatment for head injuries and shoulder lacerations.
The force of the impact hurled the heavy vehicle from the tracks onto a spur line.
A man living near the crossing, Don MacKinnon, heard the collision and went to the aid of the young couple.
Engineer of the fast passenger train No. 33, bound from Ottawa to Toronto, was Earl Fergus, of Smiths Falls, police said.
The accident was investigated by Ottawa OPP Constable Harold Beer..