Friday, January 13, 1871 The Woodstock Sentinel (Woodstock) Page 1, col. 7

Grand Trunk accident.

Widder station, 31st ult.

About three o'clock on Saturday evening [December 31, 1870] a special freight train with two engines, going west, rain into the rear of another special freight train, stuck in the snow about a mile and a half east of Widder. One engine was a complete wreck; the other was slightly damaged, and four cars were thrown over the embankment. Fortunately no one was injured. The cause of the accident was said to be the failure of the engine driver to see the danger light owing to the storm. The conductor of the first train neglected to send the signal far enough back. The track was cleared at eleven. The morning express due a Widder station at 2:05 p.m., was detained until 7 o'clock in the evening, owing to the engines of the freight trains being off.

Railways: G.T.Ry.