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City Of Toronto Employee Dies In Garbage Truck Rollover

March 12th, 2010 4:13pm

Manny Rodrigues Photo / ©2010 TSB

DANFORTH – An employee of the City of Toronto died early this morning after a garbage truck rollover on the ramp from Bloor St. E. to the DVP northbound. The accident occurred at around 5:30am Friday.

Witnesses at the scene say that the truck may have lost control as it traveled down the ramp. The truck smashed into a tree causing its cab to crush the driver. The passenger, meantime, was ejected and found nearby the collision site.

The driver was trapped in the crushed truck for nearly two hours before Toronto Fire Services was able to remove him. There were reports that an on-site amputation had to be done in order to free him from the wreckage. By that time his injuries had proven to be extreme and he was pronounced dead shortly after.

The passenger was taken to St. Mike’s hospital where he remains. His injuries were serious but believed to be non-life threatening.

Mayor David Miller and City Manager Joe Pannachetti released the following statement:

On behalf of all Torontonians and all members of the Toronto Public Service we express our deepest sympathies to the family, friends and co-workers of the employee that passed away,” they said in a statement.

We also want to send our sincere wishes for a full recovery to the employee who was injured.

There are many jobs in the public service that require city workers to operate heavy and specialized equipment while serving the residents and businesses of the city. While incidents such as this are very rare, it is a reminder of the importance of the work city staff perform on our behalf and we extend our gratitude for their service,” the statement read.

We wish to express our thanks to the many Toronto emergency services staff that responded to the scene from Toronto Emergency Medical Services, Toronto Fire Services and the Toronto Police Service. We also wish to thank the members of the public that stopped at the scene to provide assistance.

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One Comment to “City Of Toronto Employee Dies In Garbage Truck Rollover”

  1. James says:

    We can all talk about the should haves or could haves after the fact. Yes that is a dangerous ramp on a good day. No I would have not driven that packer on there when the yard was another 5 minutes through the city and it’s 5:30 am and I’m being payed till 7:00 am . Yes all those packers are notorious for being top heavy. Yes I have driven that packer 236195 and many others so I know what I’m saying. My sympathies to the family of the driver and I know it is pointless talking about what should have been done, only to hope that all future trucks stay off that ramp it is a death trap and should be closed to trucks.

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