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Woman dies after becoming stuck inside clothing bin, police say

A woman found trapped in a donation box in Bloorcourt Village this morning has died police confirm A woman found trapped in a donation box in Bloorcourt Village this morning has died police confirm
Andrew Cummings | 11 January, 2019, 03:39

A Toronto woman died Tuesday morning after she became trapped in a Salvation Army donation bin, marking her the eighth Canadian death from the freaky cause since 2015. She was attended to by emergency personnel, who performed CPR on her, but she was subsequently pronounced dead on the scene.

A man tries to retrieve items from a clothing donation bin in Vancouver, on Wednesday December 12, 2018.

At least seven people have died in Canadian donation bins since 2015.

Police spoke to media following the incident, asserting they did not know how the woman came to be trapped in the bin, but ruled out any potential foul play.

"Shut them all down", she said.

The death, which police believe was unintentional, follows a string of similar fatal accidents.

It has since been removed along with a similar donation bin near a neighbouring building.

"We have asked staff to put additional monitoring of the bins and make sure they're not accessed illegally, and also causing safety concern to people using the bins", Lambert Chu, Burnaby's city manager, tells NEWS 1130.

In the wake of the recent bin deaths, however, the company has suspended manufacturing until it can conceive of a safer design.

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Jeremy Hunka of Union Gospel Mission in Vancouver said the numerous deaths, five of which took place in B.C., are unacceptable.

In July 2017, after a man in his mid-20s died in a Calgary donation bin, a representative with the Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta told Global News that they had noticed a rise in bin thefts.

Two similar incidents were reported in Vancouver previous year.

Sidhu said the identity of the latest victim in Toronto has not yet been released.

Patricia O'Connell, executive director at Sistering, a west-end charity-run women's shelter not far from where the woman was found dead, confirmed the woman, named Chrystal, had stayed there in the past.

Removing the bins, like many municipalities have done, is not a solution either, said Zhao.

"We are continuing to allow those bins because that site is fully staffed and after hours they are locked up and secure", he said, adding that the city bins are the "mailbox" style and considered a bit safer.

Following news of the woman's death, Toronto Mayor John Tory called on city officials to review whether the donation boxes are safe.

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