Miraculous Escapes– Almonte Train Wreck

Miraculous Escapes– Almonte Train Wreck




On their way to Ottawa to report to new jobs this morning two girls, Rita Burns, of Renfrew and Rhoda Scobbie, of Calgary, had a miraculous escape from serious injury or death when the C.P.R. troop train from Petawawa crashed  into the rear of the Pembroke- Ottawa local on which they were passengers. The two girls were riding in the end passenger coach which received the full brunt of the crash.

Sitting side by- by- side when the troop train scoped their car, they were thrown into the air and  alighted uninjured on opposite sides of the car. Both of the girls were pulled  quickly from the wreckage. Miss Burns was one of the few who was lucky enough to find her personal belongings quickly. December 28,1942

Journal Employee Mrs. Stuart Mason, 128 Pretoria, employed with The Ottawa Journal, boarded the train at Renfrew and got a seat in the fourth last coach of the train. “We got quite a jolt but no one was seriously injured in our car”. As soon as the crash came, Mrs. Mason explained that an R.C.A J officer requested everyone in the coach to remain seated. There was no panic, and the men and trained nurses quickly left to assist In caring for the wounded. December 28,1942


Cpl. James H. Clifford and Miss Marion  McMillan-Survivors of the Almonte Train Wreck

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Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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