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.