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Woman dies after getting trapped inside Toronto clothing donation bin

A woman was found trapped partway in a clothing donation bin in Toronto on Jan. 8, 2019. CITYNEWS
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Death in Toronto clothing donation bin comes a little over a week after similar fatal incident in West Vancouver

Firefighters had to use a saw to cut metal bars that hold the front drawer of the bin in place

TORONTO (NEWS 1130) – A woman is dead after getting trapped inside a clothing donation bin in Toronto’s west end.

Toronto police were called just before 2 a.m. Tuesday. The donation box is located behind an apartment building.

It is unclear how the woman, who is in her 30s, became trapped in the bin. She was found unconscious and pronounced dead at the scene.

Firefighters had to use a saw to cut a couple of metal bars that hold the front drawer of the bin in place. The design allows for items that are placed inside the tilting drawer to be dropped inside the bin.

Neighbours say this new bin was dropped off last week to replaced a previous one that was damaged from previous break-ins.

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This is the eighth death related to people getting stuck inside donation bins in Canada since 2015.

Last Sunday, a man died after he was stuck inside a clothing donation bin at West Vancouver’s Ambleside Park.

RCMP say an off-duty doctor found the man unresponsive, stuck in the opening of the bin. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

WATCH: West Vancouver shuts down donation bins after death

 

The incident prompted the District of West Vancouver to shut down all bins in the area. Several charities have since either pulled their bins or pledged to retrofit them.