Woman in 50s struck and killed by garbage truck in Toronto

The scene of the fatal collision in Toronto on Thursday. Ron Dhaliwal / Global News

A woman in her 50s was struck and killed by a garbage truck in Toronto on Thursday.

Toronto police said it happened at Wionna Drive and St. Clair Avenue, east of Dufferin Street.

Emergency crews responded to the scene at 12:46 p.m.

“It was revealed that the female was crossing westbound at Wionna Drive on St. Clair Avenue,” Insp. Peter Wehby told reporters at the scene.

“Information we have right now is that a garbage truck was travelling westbound on St. Clair Avenue. As it proceeded to go northbound on Wionna Drive, it struck the female who was in the crosswalk. The female has been pronounced and presently we’re looking to notify next of kin.”

The woman died at the scene.

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Wehby couldn’t confirm whether or not the woman had the right-of-way at the time, adding that information will come with the investigation.

The driver of the garbage truck remained at the scene.

Investigators will work to determine exactly what transpired and decide whether or not charges are warranted, Wehby said.

He said officers have plenty of information to go over.

“At this time, we do have enough video. We do have statements and we do have witnesses,” he said.

“We really don’t need much more information at this time…. As traffic services works through the information that they have, they will release more with respect to the investigation.”


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