Pembroke, ON Train Plunges Over Embankment, Mar 1890



Ottawa, Ontario, March 12. -- A terrible accident occurred this afternoon to a Canadian Pacific Railway train near Pembroke, a few miles west of here. The train consisted of two first-class, one second, Pullman, dining, and baggage cars. The accident was caused by spreading of the rails. The engine and tender remained on the track, but the remainder of the coaches went over an embankment twenty-five feet high and were badly wrecked.
The overturned stoves set the cars on fire, but only the dining and Pullman cars were badly burned. There were thirty people on the train, and all were shaken up terribly. Twenty-two were seriously injured. Among these were MRS. MUNROE PEMBROKE, an elderly lady, who received fatal internal injuries; JEAN POTVIN, cook, Ottawa, fatally scalded; ROBERT CRAM, Ottawa, conductor, fatal internal injuries; WILLIAM McKAY, Ottawa, millionaire lumberman, very seriously burned. The names of several others fatally injured are not known. One of these latter was a waiter, who was badly burned.
A small station was quite near to where the accident occurred. Assistance was soon at hand, and in less than half an hour the passengers had all been rescued from the wreck. A convict, who was being taken to the Central Prison, Toronto, in charge of a Deputy Sheriff, was chained to a seat in the second-class car. For several minutes he was suspended in mid-air, hanging head downward. After hard work he was got out of his perilous position and immediately turned round and helped to release the Deputy Sheriff.

The New York Times New York 1890-03-13