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Near Montreal, a passenger train crashes into the Richelieu River and 99 people die

Railroad Accidents, iconic image
06/29/1864
A train on the Grand Trunk Railroad from Quebec City to Montreal approached the St. Hilaire Swing Bridge over the Richelieu River near Montreal an hour or so after midnight unaware that the bridge had been opened to allow the passage of river traffic.  The train and its eleven carriages, carrying mostly immigrants, crashed into the river killing ninety-nine people and injuring around a hundred more. To this day, no Canadian train accident has killed more people. (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Frederick William Terril,  A Chronology of Montreal and of Canada: from A.D. 1752 to A.D 1925 (Montreal, Canada: John Lowell & Son, 1893), 255.

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