January 8, 2019 8:14 am
Updated: January 8, 2019 9:40 pm

Woman dies after being trapped inside clothing donation box in Toronto


Toronto police say a woman trapped inside a clothing donation box was found dead early Tuesday morning.

Police said they were called after 1:30 a.m. with reports of a woman stuck inside of a clothing donation box near Bloor and Dovercourt.

When authorities arrived on scene, they had to cut a part of the metal box to get her out.

Police and paramedics treated the woman, who has been identified by friends as Crystal, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Police said they believe this was an accident and are not treating the death as suspicious.

Global News reached out to B’nai Brith Tuesday morning and a spokesperson confirmed the bin belongs to their organization.

“We are saddened at this terrible and tragic incident. We are in direct communication with police on this matter,” they said in a statement.

B’nai Brith has since removed the bin from the location.

READ MORE: West Vancouver shuts down clothing donation bins after death

The woman’s death comes about one week after a 34-year-old man died when he became trapped inside of a clothing donation box in West Vancouver.

Donation bins in Vancouver have started to be removed because of a number of deaths inside of clothing donation boxes across B.C. over the past number of years.

WATCH: Safer clothing donation bins under design

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