Spanish River derailment
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The Spanish River derailment is a rail transport accident that occurred on January 21, 1910, on the CPR line where the railway crosses the Spanish River near the settlement of Nairn in Northern Ontario, Canada near Sudbury, Ontario.
|Date||January 21, 1910|
|Location||Nairn, Northern Ontario|
|Operator||Canadian Pacific Railway|
|Type of incident||derailment|
During the early afternoon on January 21, 1910, Canadian Pacific Railway's westbound Soo Express derailed as it crossed the bridge over the Spanish River. 44 people died as a result of the accident and many more were injured.
Conductor Thomas Reynolds of North Bay made a daring escape from the submerged dining car into the freezing water. After surfacing, he hauled out several passengers through the roof hatch. Some construction workers who were working nearby also assisted saving some passengers.
- "Awful Wreck". History Bites. Retrieved January 13, 2006.
- Soo train goes into the river, Evening Sentinel, Jan 22, 1910
- ONTARIO TRAIN DISASTER, Evening Post, Volume LXXIX, Issue 20, 25 January 1910, Page 7
- Train derailed on bridge, The Age, Jan 25, 1910
- CANADIAN TRAIN DISASTER, Evening Post, Volume LXXIX, Issue 66, 19 March 1910, Page 10
- 100-year-old horrific rail crash recalled, SooToday, January 18, 2010
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