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During the night of November 16, 2002 as a stopped 69-car Southern Ontario Railway train was waiting to proceed on the Dundas Subdivision from the Hagersville Subdivision, it was struck by a vehicle at the Stanley Street crossing and became instantly lodged. Shortly after, the crew received their signal and began to move unaware of what was to come, as the vehicle was dragged half a kilometer and struck a concrete bridge quickly catching it on fire. As a result, the last eight cars on the train had derailed, tumbling down embankments into nearby residential backyards as well as onto Rawdon Street. One tanker had crashed into the side of a home on Stewart Street, caving in the wall of a woman's bedroom, coming to rest less than one metre from her head. The woman was luckily unhurt, while the driver of the vehicle unfortunately perished during the incident. Luckily all of the derailed cars were virtually empty, except for some butane residue, and probably averted a deadlier disaster in the city.

A day after the derailment a friend and I ventured down to see the aftermath and were able to get fairly close to the scene. I snapped some frames of the tanker that had come to rest on the street on black and white as I had a roll of film in the camera that I was using for a photography class in college at the time.
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Caption: During the night of November 16, 2002 as a stopped 69-car Southern Ontario Railway train was waiting to proceed on the Dundas Subdivision from the Hagersville Subdivision, it was struck by a vehicle at the Stanley Street crossing and became instantly lodged. Shortly after, the crew received their signal and began to move unaware of what was to come, as the vehicle was dragged half a kilometer and struck a concrete bridge quickly catching it on fire. As a result, the last eight cars on the train had derailed, tumbling down embankments into nearby residential backyards as well as onto Rawdon Street. One tanker had crashed into the side of a home on Stewart Street, caving in the wall of a woman's bedroom, coming to rest less than one metre from her head. The woman was luckily unhurt, while the driver of the vehicle unfortunately perished during the incident. Luckily all of the derailed cars were virtually empty, except for some butane residue, and probably averted a deadlier disaster in the city. A day after the derailment a friend and I ventured down to see the aftermath and were able to get fairly close to the scene. I snapped some frames of the tanker that had come to rest on the street on black and white as I had a roll of film in the camera that I was using for a photography class in college at the time.

Photographer:
Jason Noe [327] (more) (contact)
Date: 11/17/2002 (search)
Railway: Rail America (search)
Reporting Marks: SOR (search)
Train Symbol: Not Provided
Subdivision/SNS: Hagersville Subdivision (search)
City/Town: Brantford (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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One Comment
  1. And fortunately no one was killed while driving under the tracks…. !!!

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