Details of Railway Accidents in the Ottawa Area

1984, April 6 -  Crossing collision, Cambrian Road, CNR., Smiths Falls sub., no injuries

From the Ottawa Citizen 7 April 1984

Nepean man walks from car-train crash
A 25-year-old Nepean man escaped with minor bruises Friday evening after an hair-raising collision with a VIA passenger train at the Cambrian Road crossing in the Twin Elms area.
Nepean police said the LRC-train, carrying 134 passengers, struck the front of the eastbound car driven by Kevin Burnett, of Greenbank Road, at 5:40 p.m. after the car skidded to a stop on the CN crossing.
Staff Sgt. Wayne Stephenson said none of the train passengers were injured. Burnett was treated for minor bruises at Queensway-Carleton Hospital and released.
Stephenson said Burnett had braked to stop for the flashing warning signal at the crossing, but skidded on the wet pavement.
The car slid to a stop with its nose on the tracks as the four-car train slammed into it, knocking it off the tracks.
Stephenson said Burnett was able to get out of his car without assistance and was walking about when police arrived.
Burnett couldn't be reached later, but his mother said her son said his car stalled when he tried to back up off the tracks as the train bore down on him.
Stephenson said the train, which had about $7,000 damage, was able to continue the trip to Toronto after a 40-minute delay.
He said Burnett's car was destroyed.
The accident is under investigation.

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