Woman dies after being found unconscious in clothing donation bin in Toronto

Jan 8 2019, 1:42 pm

A woman found inside a west-end clothing donation bin without vital sounds was pronounced dead Tuesday morning, police say.

Local authorities were called around 1:30 am to the Dovercourt Road and Bloor Street area after receiving reports that a woman was inside a clothing donation bin.

When emergency personnel arrived on the scene, the woman appeared to be injured and unconscious.

Toronto Police told Daily Hive the woman was extracted from the bin but she was pronounced deceased at the scene.

According to police, a coroner on scene reported the woman’s death as “non-criminal and non-suspicious” and that this is an isolated incident.

This unfortunate event comes just a week after a 34-year-old man died after somehow becoming trapped inside the entrance of a clothing donation bin near the entry of Ambleside Park in Vancouver.

Following the man’s death, the District of West Vancouver announced that it had closed donation bins and is “looking into options for removing them or using bins that are more secure.”

The City of Vancouver said it was also committed to removing all remaining clothing donation bins.

It remains unclear at this time if Toronto will follow suit and close donation bins throughout the city.

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