Ottawa, ON Eight Die in Train Crash, June 1913
The Irish News, 28 June 1913, states:
A REUTER'S cable, dated Ottawa, Thursday [26 June 1913] says:
Eight bodies taken from the wreck of the Canadian Pacific Express have been identified as follows:
Patrick MULVENNA, of Antrim, aged 25;
John MOODIE, of Auckney, 17;
John HOGG of County Derry, 30;
Mrs Jane McNEILLY, of Glasgow, 40;
John PEARSE, Glasgow, 21
Unidentified bodies - a woman, a boy and a baby of six months.
These complete the list of the dead. The train was heavily loaded with emigrants and, near Ottawa, the rails spread as the train was crossing an embankment. Five cars left the track and two of them completely overturned into the Ottawa River. The number of injured is probably 50 and 10 are seriously hurt. The uninjured passengers will be sent on to their destination tonight. It is stated that Patrick MULVENNA, one of the Irish victims, is the son of a farmer residing near Glenarm, and was a very industrious and highly respected young man. The liner Pretorian, by which the unfortunate emigrants travelled, left the Clyde on Saturday, 14th inst., and a large number of Irish emigrants embarked on the ship at Moville on the following Sunday morning. Mr MULVENNA and Mr HOGG both booked their passages in Derry City.
EIGHT DEAD IN WRECK
Spreading Rails Sends Two Immigrant Cars Into Ottawa River
OTTAWA, June 25, - Eight persons were killed and more than twenty injured this aternoon in a wreck of the westound Winnipeg Express on the Canadian Pacific Railway. Two colonist cars, crowded with Scotch immigrants newly arrived from Glasgow and en route for the West, skidded down the embankment and plunged into the Ottawa River. In these the eight known victims - four men, three women, and a child - met their death. Their bodies were recovered and search was continued for others. Of the injured, the condition of several is critical.
The accident, due to spreading rails occurred only three miles east of this city, and physicians, nurses, ambulances and police patrol wagons were at once rushed to the scene. Four cars and the locomotive remained on the track, but in addition to the cards which fell into the river, two cars were thrown on the land side of the embankment and another, first class, was whipped across the track at right angles.
[The New York Times, June 26, 1913]