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