Ottawa Citizen 3 February 1975|
Freight Train Jumps Track
A Canadian National freight train derailment threw 26 cars off the track and tore up at least 700 feet of rail on the Ottawa to Pembroke line near Constance Bay Saturday night.
Damages have been estimated at $250,000, but there were no injuries. A broken rail or a buildup of ice are suspected as the cause of the accident.
The cars, part of a 77-unit freight train bound for Edmonton, jumped the tracks at 9 p.m. at March Township Concession Road 3, 20 miles west of Ottawa.
Mrs. Waltruat Davis, who lives near the scene of the derailment, said her house shook and she thought a plane had crashed.
"It went on like a long rumble for several seconds," she said. "It moved the chair I was sitting in."
The derailed cars were boxcars holding concrete railroad ties, tank cars with dry cement, and empty propane tankers.
Two cranes have been called in to clear up the wreckage, and the rail line is expected to be open late this afternoon.