|Monday, June 5, 1950||The Toronto Daily Star (Toronto)||Page 5, col. 3|
Man hurt, monkeys freed as 11 midway cars pile up
Special to The Star
Callander, June 5.—Eleven cars of a C.N.R. freight train carrying the Bernard-Barry Midway from Toronto to North Bay piled up in confusion at Callander's main intersection Sunday when a dragging truck beneath one car hit the switch at the entrance to the town.
One man was injured seriously enough to be taken to St. Joseph's Hospital, North Bay, when he was thrown by the impact over a fence which fronts the railway property. Several monkeys were freed, but did not try to escape.
Traffic on the highway which leads from the town to the home of the Dionne quintuplets was halted.
Reeve Leonard Wookey of North Himsworth township, who operates a hotel in the town, said: "I was in bed when I heard a commotion and rushed to the window just in time to see a box-car headed right for my room. The car dug into the sand, stopping about 20 feet from the building."
Mrs. Ann Mauro was waiting on one side of the tracks for her daughter, Mrs. Norman Hawkins, when the accident occurred. Shocked by its suddenness, she recalled that 12 years ago her mother, Mrs. Henry Hurtubise, was killed by a train at the same crossing.
The carnival employee, Arthur Gagne of Sudbury, is in good condition in hospital, suffering from shock.