Buckingham, ON Car And Bus Collision, Jan 1949


One man was killed and five other persons injured when the light sedan in which they were riding collided with a bus on Highway Eight, two miles west of Buckingham, early Sunday night. None of the 35 passengers in the bus, a chartered Hull-Buckingham coach operated by the Gatineau Bus Company, was hurt.
JOSEPH GUY LAFONTAINE, 22, of Gatineau Point.
In serious condition at Sacred Heart Hospital, Hull, are:
JEAN LOUIS CYR, 22, of 11 Dollard Street, Gatineau Point, with undetermined head injuries.
JOYCELINE DESMARAIS, 25, of 96 St. Redempteur Street, Hull; with scalp, arm and leg wounds requiring 24 stitches, bruises to left leg, cuts and bruises to face.
CARMINE DESMARAIS, 26, of 98 St. Redempteur Street, Hull; with scalp lacerations requiring seven stitches, cuts to both knees.
Also treated at Sacred Heart Hospital but not detained were:
JEAN PAUL LAFRANCE, 24, of 69 Champlain Street, Gatineau Point; scalp lacerations.
GERALD LETANG, 19, of 7 1/2 St. Antoine Street, Gatineau Point; cut right ear and forehead, leg abrasions.
The driver of the car, CLAUDE DAURAY, 24, of 68 Champlain Street, Gatineau Point, was uninjured.
The tragedy ended a Sunday excursion to Buckingham where the seven young people, all ardent hockey fans, watched Gatineau defeat Buckingham 6-4.
DAURAY told police they were returning from the game when the car spun on the icy highway just as it approached the Lafrance Curve, two miles west of Buckingham.
As he was trying to bring the car out of its skid, DAURAY said he saw the bus approaching from the opposite direction.
With the car still partially out of control, the young driver decided to try and ditch the vehicle on the left side of the road, rather than chance running into the rocky hill which runs sheer to the right side of the highway.
The right side of the vehicle was sideswiped by the right front of the bus before he could carry out his plan, he said. The impact plowed the lighter vehicle into the ditch.
The bus driver, Jean Paul Sabourin, of 147 Jeanne D'Arc Street, Hull, later told police he was just coming off the Lafrance Curve and did not see the swerving automobile in time to stop.
A telephone call from a gas station at the curve, brought ambulances of Honore Cadieux and Vincent Brunet from Buckingham to the scene.
All seven were rushed to Sacred Heart Hospital. LAFONTAINE was admitted to hospital at 9:20 p.m. He was pronounced dead at 9:55 p.m. by Coroner Dr. Gerald Brisson.
Police said LAFONTAINE was riding in the rear of the car with the two DESMARAIS girls, and CYR. He was sitting on the right side, which was almost sheared away by the collision.
Damage to the car was set by police at $500, to the bus at $700.
The injured persons detained at hospital are being attended by Dr. Noel Coutu and Dr. Gerard Gagne.
Investigation into the accident was made by Sergeant Gaston Garceau of the Quebec Provincial Police Hull Detachment, assisted by Constable Roger Lafrance of the Maniwaki Detachment and Constable Albert Chartrand of Buckingham.
Sergeant Garceau said last night that an inquest into LAFONTAINE'S death would be conducted today by Coroner Dr. Brisson.
MR. LAFONTAINE, an employee of the Plywood Division of Canadian International Paper Company at Gatineau Mills, is survived by his father, Alphone Lafontaine; his mother, the former Anna Richard; a brother, D'Assise, all of Gatineau Point, and a sister, Mrs. Patricia Beaudoin, of St. Rose, Quebec.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been completed.

Ottawa Journal Ontario Canada 1949-01-31