In August of 1964, three young girls were caught on the Mississippi River narrow railway bridge. Watching in horror, a CPR Ottawa-bound Canadian passenger train was coming towards them quickly. Two sisters were forced to jump from the 25 foot high train-only bridge and they landed in the shallow waters of the rock-bottomed Mississippi River.
Deborah Dixon, age 10, received a broken leg when she fell into the summer level one-foot water. Her sister Karen, age 7, had only minor injuries as she landed in deeper water. Their friend Maureen Robertson had plenty of time to escape the oncoming train, but the other two girls panicked and jumped. Had it been Spring with the turbulent waters, their fate might have been different.
The train was only delayed 15 minutes as the passengers and crew ran to the river’s edge and rescued the two girls out of the water. As I took pictures of the bridge today I can’t even imagine the panic these young girls felt.
C.P.R. (Canadian Pacific Railway) Passenger Train crossing Mississippi River Bridge at Carleton Place, Ontario, 1900
Monday-August 16, 2016
Today I heard from Debbie Dixon who was one of the little girls in the story. I found the story in the newspaper archives but as with all media.. there were incorrect facts.. Now you will know the rest of the story… Thank you Debbie!!