George Campbell, 72, prominent fruit grower of R.R.1, Jordan, was instantly killed shortly after 1 o'clock Monday afternoon when his one-ton truck was struck by a CNR locomotive at a crossing just east of Vineland. Campbell, who was alone in the truck, was thrown out as the truck tumbled ahead of the engine down the right-of-way, but was dead when nearby workers reached the scene.
Campbell's truck was travelling north when it was struck by the eastbound train, which only consisted of the locomotive, one car and the caboose, according to George Brown, who lives near the scene and who was the only eye-witness. Campbell failed to stop as he reached the track, his truck had to climb a short grade just at the crossing.
"I heard the whistle of the train and then I saw the truck coming," said Mr. Brown. "I thought to myself if he doesn't stop he'll get hit and then the crash came. All I could see was dust as the truck rolled down the track in front of the engine. I ran over as soon as I saw what had happened but he was dead when I got there."
Campbell, who has lived in the district for over 30 years, was on his way to the Vineland Growers' Co-operative with a small load of peaches. He had travelled the same road thousands of times. His truck was a complete wreck, with wreckage strewn along the right-of-way for the entire 60 feet leading up to its final resting place. Peaches, too, were scattered along the tracks.
According to engineer Samuel Ross, 48, of Mimico, who was handling the train, Campbell's truck was almost across the tracks and was struck near the rear wheel. Ross said that Campbell apparently was going to stop but started across the tracks after hesitating momentarily
Campbell, who came to Canada from Scotland, was predeceased by his wife and one son some years ago. He is survived by two daughters, Janet Campbell and Mrs. Fred Culp, and a grandson.
Provincial constables W.H. Coles, J.F. Jamieson and J. Rallo investigated the accident.