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Pedestrian fatally struck by transport truck entering Burlington pork plant, police say

Residents gather outside of the Fearman's pork facility in Burlington Friday evening. Enzo Arimini / Global News

Halton Regional Police are investigating after a pedestrian was struck and killed in Burlington.

Police say they were called to South Service Road and Harvester Road just after 10 a.m. Friday morning after a woman in her 60s was hit by a transport truck that was entering the Fearmans Pork Plant.

Police say the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Anita Krajnc, co-founder of the group Toronto Pig Save, says the woman was one of a handful of activists holding vigil outside a pork processing plant.

The animal rights organization, Animal Justice, has identified the woman as Regan Russell, describing her as a compassionate animal advocate since 1979.

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Toronto Pig Save regularly holds ‘vigils’ outside the facility, and on hot days activists will feed water to the pigs as they’re taken to slaughter.

The group drew international headlines in 2015 when Krajnc was arrested while giving water to the pigs on a hot day.

She was later found not guilty of criminal mischief.

Police have closed Harvester Road and Appleby Line and say the collision reconstruction unit has been called in.

Motorists are being asked to avoid the area.

(with files from The Canadian Press)

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