August 19, 2019 12:01 pm
Updated: August 19, 2019 4:35 pm

City of Ottawa worker dies in collision between 2 garbage trucks in east Ottawa

Ottawa police and the Ministry of Labour are investigating after a man was struck by a garbage truck.

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Ottawa police say they are investigating alongside the Ministry of Labour after a man was struck and killed by a garbage truck on Cyrville Road on Monday morning.

According to Ottawa police, two garbage trucks were involved in a collision with each other, and the man received life-threatening injuries in the incident. He later succumbed to his injuries.

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In a statement released Monday, Acting General Manager for Public Works Quentin Levesque confirmed that the man was an employee with the city of Ottawa.

“We are saddened to announce that a City of Ottawa employee from the Public Works and Environmental Services Department has died following a serious incident this morning,” said Levesque.

“First and foremost, I extend my deepest sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of our employee. Today is an extremely difficult day for those who are affected by this tragic incident.”

Levesque says that support is being given to all affected through the city’s employee assistance program.

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The Ministry of Labour has also launched an investigation into the incident, as is protocol when a person dies while at work.

Police say the family of the man has been notified and that their investigation and the parallel Ministry of Labour investigation are ongoing.

The identity of the deceased has not yet been released.

Later on Monday, the City of Ottawa said flags at all city sites will be lowered to half-mast immediately in memory of the employee “who tragically lost his life in a workplace accident this morning.”

The city’s flags will remain at half-mast until sunset on the day of the employee’s memorial service, according to a statement from the City of Ottawa.

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