Brosseau, QC Train Derailment, Dec 1956


BROSSEAU, Que., Dec. 28--(AP)--A train carrying about 150 Royal Canadian Air Force men and women plunged off the tracks at a switching point here last night, killing the engineer and fireman. About 12 of the RCAF passengers suffered bruises and lacerations.

The engine and seven cars of the 10-car Canadian National Railway train left the rails. Witnesses said the engine seemed to leap in the air as it reached the switch. It dug up about 400 feet of track before overturning on its side.

The baggage car and engine uncoupled when the engine left the tracks and none of the other cars overturned, although they were tilted in two "Z" formations along the track.

Trapped inside the locomotive and killed were engineer John Ruttenberg and fireman Paul LaFontaine, both of Montreal. The injured RCAF personnel suffered bruises and lacerations.

The servicemen and women were being transferred from their base at St. John's, Que., to other stations across Canada. The cars in which they were riding were to have been joined in Montreal to a train bound for Toronto. Brosseau is 10 miles south of Montreal.

Buses and two ambulances were sent from the St. Johns base, 25 miles south of Brosseau, to pick up the Air Force members and return them to the base.

The Bridgeport Post, Bridgeport, CT 28 Dec 1956