Toronto man crushed to death while removing snow

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QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:41 PM ET

TORONTO — A man in his 20s was killed in a freak accident while removing snow from a parking lot near Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.

Peel Regional Police said officers responded to an emergency call around 7 p.m. Friday and found the man pinned beneath snow removal equipment in a lot near Hwy. 409.

"It's a parking lot for airport employees," Const. Thomas Ruttan said, adding the man was clearing mounds of snow that had been piled several metres high in the lot — remnants of last week's storm that dumped 25 cm on the Greater Toronto Area.

It's believed the worker was hoisting a steel bin filled with snow up onto a flatbed truck when the snow-laden box somehow slid off the truck, leaving him trapped beneath its crushing weight.

The victim, whose name has not been released, had no vital signs when paramedics arrived and was pronounced dead at the scene.


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