Details of Railway Accidents in the Ottawa Area

1979, October 16 - Crossing collision in Gatineau, CPR., Lachute subdivision. One fatality.

Ottawa Citizen 16 October 1979

Train-car crash hurts Hull man
A Hull man is in critical condition in Ottawa General Hospital after the car he was driving was hit broadside by a Canadian Pacific Railways passenger train in Gatineau early today.
A Gatineau police spokesman said the man's name is being withheld until his family has been notified.
Police said the man drove his late model car into the path of the Montreal-bound train after turning left from Maloney Boulevard onto M ontee Paiment.
"It appears he tried to beat the train across the tracks," a police spokesman said.
Damage to the train was minor and it continued on its way following the investigation.

Ottawa Journal 18 October 1979

Train crash victim dies
The victim of a Tuesday morning car-train collision in Gatineau died in Ottawa General Hospital yesterday at 2:30 a.m. Gatineau police say there will be no inquest into the death of 17-year-old Alain Joly of 82 Charlevoix St., Hull. The collision occurred at a railroad crossing at Maloney Boulevard and paiment Road about 8 a.m. as the computer progamming student was on his way to pick up a friend before class.

Ottawa Citizen 13 November 1979

Railway crossing warnings worked
An investigation by the Gatineau police has revealed that the warning lights and signal bells at the Montee Paiement railway crossing were working at the time of a fatal car-train collision which took the life of a 17-year-old Hull youth.
Alain Joly, of 82 Charlevoix St., died in Ottawa General Hospital Oct. 16 after the car he was driving was hit broadside by a CP Rail passenger train.
Investigating Constable Paul La-violette said Monday the department's investigation found that Joly turned left from Maloney Boulevard onto Montee Paiement when the traffic light gave traffic on Maloney the right-of-way.
"It was just a case of negligence," said Laviolette. "He didn't wait for the light and didn't see the train."
The accident was the third at the crossing in three years. Previous accidents in December, 1977 and July 7 of this year involved cars running into the side of trains.

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