City Of Toronto Employee Dies In Garbage Truck RolloverMarch 12th, 2010 4:13pm
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.