|Tuesday, May 19, 1914
|The Toronto Daily Star (Toronto)
|Page 12, col. 1
Peculiar accident, two trains derailed
Bad mix-up this morning in the yards at the foot of Strachan Ave.
News of railways.
Mr. Whittenburger is likely to have to undergo an operation.
An unusual accident occurred at 6.30 this morning at the foot of Strachan avenue, when several cars on two Grand Trunk freight trains were derailed, causing traffic to be tied up for over three hours. The brake beam on a car in the centre of a west-bound stock train dropped down, derailing three cars. Just as it happened an east-bound freight train was passing on the next track. The three derailed cars swung around broadside, and knocked two cars of the east-bound train off the rails. The two trains were derailed. On account of the derailment being in the middle of the train much difficulty was experienced by the auxiliary men. The C.P.R. trains over that section from Chicago, Guelph, and Alliston were sent around by West Toronto, across to Leaside, and into the city from the east, making them several hours late, owing to the viaduct work across the north of the city. Work trains, steam shovels, and pile-drivers had to be side-tracked to let traffic move.
Car inspector injured.
James Roland, a Grand Trunk car inspector, was bowled over by an engine in the Union Station sheds, and slightly injured. His arm was crushed, and several fingers were crushed. Roland was cutting out a road engine from a train, when the engine gave a jolt and knocked Roland over.
General Superintendent H. E. Whittenberger, who is confined to his home, is not very well to-day. He passed a bad night, but there was a slight improvement this morning. It is said that the railroad chief might have to go under an operation.
W. H. Farrell, Superintendent of Toronto terminals, is in Ottawa today in connection with the Railway Commissioners' meeting over the rates of switching cars. The railroads are anxious to raise the tariff. They claim they are not getting enough to cover the cost of moving cars for the consignees from one siding to another when it is ordered.
According to American railroad-men things are pretty quiet on the roads in the United States. All sorts of men are drifting into Toronto seeking jobs on the Canadian roads. One man came from Georgia, and said that business was very dull, and all up through the States jobs were scarce.