|Thursday, August 27, 1953
|The Liberal (Richmond Hill)
|Page 10, col. 3
Cobourg couple killed instantly Langstaff Sideroad crossing
A Cobourg man and his wife were killed instantly Tuesday when their car was hit by a CNR train on the Langstaff Sideroad and carried a quarter of a mile along the track.
The bodies of Edward Clamp, 54, and his wife, Beatrice, were found along the right-of-way. Shoes and other articles of clothing also were thrown back to the fences along the track.
May have missed turn
Police believed the driver may have missed the turn south of No. 7 Highway on to No. 11 and continued west on the Langstaff Road. Mr. Clamp had been an engineer at the Ontario hospital in Cobourg for the past 10 years.
Mr. and Mrs. Clamp started their holidays on Monday.
Provincial police said the Clamps had borrowed the car from a Mr. Richard for a trip from Cobourg to Owen Sound.
The engineer was reported to have told the police the car was "stalled" on the track. After the collision the conductor rushed to the home of Mrs. Nelson Bowes, to report a "bad situation".
The fatalities occurred 2 1/2 miles south of Maple between the third and fourth concessions. Chief E. Bone of Vaughan Township Police said he could re- [sic] crossing in several years. There was no wig-wag or other warning device, except the standard sign.
CNR officials said the train consisting of two baggage cars and two coaches, was en route from Midland to Toronto and was was on time when the crash occurred.
Police and farmers earlier searched the heavy underbrush beside the track for the body of a third >person believed in the car. Three different types of shoes were found leading police to believe there were three occupants.
A search party of police, farmers and bystanders was organized to comb through the dense grass, weeds and wild raspberry bushes, to make certain only the couple were in the car.
Mrs. Clamp was wearing one show. The mate to it was found along the right-of-way. Police found a second pair of women's shows but of a different size to those worn by Mrs. Clamp. Her husband's shoes were both found in the wreckage.
The motor of the 1953 model car was left 50 yards from the crossing. Mrs. Clamp's body was found 200 feet south of the crossing. Her husband's body was 150 feet further along the right-of-way.
The car was found on its top two yards from the track. All the wheels had been ripped off. Over the steering wheel there was a crumpled road map. Between the car and the crossing, at least a quarter of a mile away, parts of the vehicle were scattered.
The cowcatcher of the locomotive was found in the grass several yards from the wreckage of the car. Police Chief Boone said he was "satisfied" there was not a third person in the death car.
Dr. H. C. Moorehouse, superintendent of the Ontario hospital, said Clamp had been chief engineer there for five years. He began working with the hospital at Brockville in 1935 and became chief engineer there before moving to Cobourg.