Ottawa Journal 2 November 1976|
CP derailment slashes highway.
CORNWALL (Special ) Heavy damage was reported after a train derailed Monday while travelling east through a Highway 43 crossing, at Monkland, about 15 miles north of here.
Half of the cars of a CP Rail freight train went off the track just as the train was entering the village. Some of the cars were empty at the time.
Workmen from Valleyfield and Apple Hill were brought in shortly after the crash to clean up.They were still clearing damaged equipment early this morning.
Meanwhile, traffic on Highway 43 was being diverted. Trains used alternate tracks.
About five of the freight cars lay spread across the highway with much of their cargo - paper and photographic material - strewn about the area.
About 10 feet of pavement on either side of the track was ripped up.
Ottawa Citizen 2 November 1976
20 freight cars spill off rails
Twenty cars of a 44-car Toronto-bound Canadian Pacific Rail freight train went off the tracks about 2:45 p.m. Monday at a Highway 43 crossing, about 20 miles north of Cornwall.
A CP Rail official said this morning the derailed cars carried mostly paper products and some were empty car carriers.
He said tracks are inspected every day from the Smith Falls offices and other trains had used the line earlier in the day.
No one was injured in the mishap. Railway officials are still looking for the cause of the derailment.
Police said it is expected to take 24 hours to reopen the crossing to traffic.
Ottawa Citizen 3 November 1976
MONKLAND Cleanup crews from Canadian Pacific Rail are continuing efforts to clear the track and road following a 20-car derailment 20 miles north of Cornwall Monday afternoon. The mess created by the spilling of rail cars and their cargo, mostly paper products, has blocked Highway 43. Officials have been unable to say when the area will return to normal.