Details of Railway Accidents in the Ottawa Area

1960, March 6 - Crossing accident near Pointe au Chene, CPR, Lachute sub., four dead, four injured

From the Ottawa Citizen 7 March 1960.

Hidden By Snow
Ottawa-Montreal Train Hits Car, Four Perish
POINTE AU CHENE (Special) Four persons were killed and four injured in a level-crossing accident shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday on the Hull-Montreal highway near this community 60 miles east of Hull. All victims were from Montreal.
Sgt. Det. Ralph Allen of Lachute told The Citizen today that investigation has not yet been completed and police could not ascertain at the moment who was the driver of the car.
The automobile with eight passengers was proceeding toward Montreal; the CPR- passenger train was going from Montreal to Ottawa. ;
Dead are Louis Charbonneau, about 45, Francois Caya, Mrs. Albeftine Caya, and Mrs. A. Monette, all of Montreal.
Seriously Hurt
The most seriously injured is a five-year-old boy, Ghislain Caya, who is in serious condition at St. Michael's Hospital, Buckingham, where he was taken after receiving first aid from Dr. Louis Biron of Montebello.
The three other injured persons, who were able to return home after receiving treatment at the Hawkesbury Clinic, are Mrs. Lea Caya, Wilfrid Cnarbonneau and Rejean Savignac, all of Montreal.
The bodies were taken to a Lachute funeral parlor.
Inquest Opened
An Inquest was opened today and adjourned indefinitely pending complete police investigation. Besides Sgt. Det. Allen, other officers on the scene included Lt. Gerard Vermette and Officer Fernand Ipperciel of the Buckingham QPP detachment and Sgt. Roger Massie and Officer Groise of the QPP at Lachute.
Police said a high snowbank apparently hid the approaching train - made up of self-propelled passenger cars = from the occupants of the car.
The train was travelling at high speed when it hit the car, which had slowed for the crossing, and took nearly 1,000 yards to stop.
The head car of the train was slightly damaged and the train was delayed for 55 minutes.

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