From the Ottawa Citizen 27 December 1960.|
Aftermath of Braeside Car-Train Collision
Father Killes, Son Hurt In crash
BRAESIDE, Ont. (Special) Basil Edward Boberts, 38, of this small community about 40 miles west of Ottawa, died Christmas night when his car crashed into the CPR's crack eastbound Canadian.
In Ottawa Civic Hospital today in senous condition is a son, Clifford Roberts, 6. He is suffering severe face lacerations and other unknown injuries.
Mr. Roberts' 1947 Chevrolet was northbound on Arthur's Hill, Braeside, when it hit the train at the crossing near Gillies Brothers Lumber Company office and yards.
Coroner Dr. J. L. Dauphinais said there would "probably be an inquest."
The accident happened about 5 p.m. Mr. Roberts died a short time later in hospital.
George Franklin, 51 Warren Avenue, Ottawa, was the engineer of the train, and Lorne Kerr, 43 Rideau Avenue, Smiths Falls, was the conductor.
Sgt W. G. Milton and Constables R. G. Merley and V. H. J. Price of the Renfrew OPP investigated.
The victim has been employed as a shipper for the past nine years at a Braeside lumber mill. During the Second World War he served overseas with the Royal Canadian Engineers and was taken prisoner by the Germans. However, he managed to escape and fled to the British.
He is survived by his wife, three sons and one daughter, all residing at Braeside.