Woman Suffers Loss of Legs, Dies From Injuries
Grimsby Independent, 24 Apr 1952, p. 1,6
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24 Apr 1952
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21 Apr 1952
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Reinville, Donat
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Mrs. Donat Reinville Hit by Eastbound C.N.R. Freight Just West of Brickyard Sideroad - Train had to be Broken in Order to Remove Her from Underneath Locomotive.

Mrs. Donat Reinville, Clinton Township woman, died in Hamilton General Hospital, Monday, from injuries sustained early Saturday morning, when she allegedly threw herself in front of a C.N.R. freight, just west of the Brickyard Sideroad.

The woman, wife of a transient farm worker, employed for the past three weeks by Jack Hoshal, North Grimsby fruit grower, was walking ahead of her husband along the tracks, as they took a shortcut to their streetcar home, west of the brickyard, when according to her husband, she suddenly threw herself in front of the oncoming freight. The engine and several cars passed over her before the engineer of the locomotive, Kenneth Pye of New Toronto, was able to bring the train to an emergency stop.

Questioned by police, the woman's husband told of a night of drinking at the Jordan Hotel, and of his being ejected by the proprietor. Reinville said that he and his wife had been given a ride from Jordan to east of Beamsville by Jack Hoshal, who had put them out of the vehicle east of Beamsville stoplight on the Q.E.W.

Hoshal said that Reinville was "pretty drunk", and was interfering with his driving, and he ordered him out of the vehicle. Hoshal said that Mrs. Reinville had also been drinking, but was not in as drunken a state as her husband. She left the Hoshal vehicle with her husband.

Reinville told police they walked along the highway to the Brickyard Road, and that his wife had kept walking a distance ahead of him, but said there had been no argument between them.

The husband said that his wife was "about 75 feet" ahead of him as they walked west along the tracks, and said he was not able to reach her in time when she suddenly flung herself in from of the oncoming locomotive.

George Upper, Beamsville, ambulance owner, told an Independent reporter, "several cars passed over the woman", and that it had been necessary to "break" the train in order to extricate her body.

She suffered the loss of the left leg, and later doctors found it necessary to amputate the other leg below the knee. She also suffered from a fractured right arm, and severe internal injuries.

The woman was treated by Dr. A.F. McIntyre at the scene, and then removed to West Lincoln Memorial Hospital, where blood plasma was administered. Later she was admitted to Hamilton General Hospital where she died Monday.

Provincial Police Constable John Kennedy of the Smithville detachment is investigating, as is Chief Wm. J. Johnston, on behalf of the Canadian National Railway.

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Woman Suffers Loss of Legs, Dies From Injuries