North Bay, ON Train Wreck, Jan 1920


First Section of Vancouver Express Sleeper Telescoped by Engine of Second.

Mother and Two Sons Among the Killed, Bride and Bridegroom Among the Injured.

NORTH BAY, Ont., Jan. 25.----Fifteen persons are dead and a large number injured as the result of a collision to-day between two sections of the Canadian Pacific express bound for Vancouver, which took place about eleven miles east of this place.

The rear sleeper of the first section, which was stalled, was telescoped by the locomotive of the second section and eight passengers were killed outright, seven dying later from their injuries.

At the hospital where the injured were taken it was stated that no further deaths were expected among the survivors.

The only names of the dead available tonight were those of a Mrs. Peam, or Paden, and her two young sons, who were on their way to Calgary. The two boys were killed outright and Mrs. Peam succumbed to her injuries.

The hospital cases include Miss Dorothy Kean, Mr. and Mrs. Kleene, Mrs. Kleene, Sr., and a bride and bridegroom whose names have not been learned.

Wreck in Intense Cold.

MONTREAL, Jan. 25.----An official statement issued tonight by the Canadian Pacific gave the names of four of the persons killed in the wreck near North Bay, Ontario, as Mrs. Susan Peden of West Vancouver, her sons, Wallace and Hugh Peden, and Mr. Tilley of Winnipeg. Among those hurt were two Americans, George Rasmussen of Seattle, and Miss Dorothy Skeene of Los Angeles, Cal., both of whom sustained internal injuries.

In addition to the names already made public, a revised list of the dead includes Dr. J. W. Chambers, Calgary; _____ Beale, son of E. H. Beale, Vancouver, and C. Simmons, sleeping car conductor, Montreal.

According to a statement issued by Vice President A. D. Mactier of the railroad, the number of dead was not greater than eight, and of those injured twenty-one. It is reported, however, that the list of casualties received by the company is not complete, as it is known that one sleeping car was demolished and a second partly wrecked.

At the time of the accident the temperature was abut 30 degrees below zero. The scene of the disaster is a lonely spot, nearly two miles from the nearest way station and ten miles from North Bay. A relief train with doctors and Red Cross nurses left here soon after news of the wreck was received.

The New York Times, New York, NY 26 Jan 1920