|Thursday, April 16, 1953, Vol. 74, No. 42
|The Liberal (Richmond Hill)
|Page 3, col. 5
Thornhill resident killed in level-crossing accident
In a tragic level crossing accident on Bayview Ave., 1 1/4 miles east of Thornhill, Clifford Lloyd, 52 year old farm manager of Fairfield Farms, was killed last Tuesday evening. A passenger in the truck, Joseph Kent, 21, of Newtonbrook escaped with minor injuries.
Kent had left his own truck at a garage in Richvale and had walked to No. 7 Highway and was going down Bayview to the coal yard where he worked when Mr. Lloyd who was passing in his truck offered Kent a ride the rest of the way. "We travelled about 400 yards to the CNR crossing and I heard what I thought was a train", said Kent; "Then I heard Mr. Lloyd scream and I saw the wheels of the train only a few feet in front of the truck".
Thrown 45 feet
The impact threw Joseph Kent, who was riding in the box of the truck, clear of the accident. He attempted to rescue Mr. Lloyd from the truck but found him dead in the cab. Police Chief Clarence Wideman of Markham Township reported that the truck crashed into the cab of the locomotive and was thrown 45 feet in the air over a nearby fence. The truck was totally demolished.
Dr. R. B. John, North York Coroner, said that Lloyd died from a fractured spine near the head and a crushed spinal cord.
Mr. Lloyd was manager of Fairview Farms on Bayview Ave., for G. B. Heintzman who also owned the truck. He was born in King and was member of Maple United church. He is the second member of the church's congregation to be killed in an accident in less than a month. John McMahon, of Maple, died in a gravel pit accident, March 24.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Barbara Rennie Lloyd, four sons — Harvey and Bruce who live on the farm, and Alvin and Stanley of Toronto; six brothers, William of Little Britain, Norman of Mimco, Walter of King, Lorne of Toronto, and Byron of Maple; and two sisters — Mrs. Vincent Cain, Newmarket and Mrs. George Mann, Orangeville.
Mr. Lloyd was laid to rest in Maple Cemetery on April 13 and service conducted by the Rev. C. H. Bowman was held at the home of Mrs. A. W. Lawrie, Maple. Palbearers were Gordon Ingram, Charles Ingram, Jack Wood, Lloyd Thompson, Nelson Thomson, Bill Lloyd.