Another person has passed away after getting trapped inside a clothing donation bin in Canada. This time, in Toronto.
According to police, they were called early morning Tuesday with reports of a woman trapped inside the bin near Bloor and Dovercourt. They cut part of the B’nai Brith Canada donation bin in order to get the victim out. Unfortunately, she was pronounced dead at the scene.
“We are saddened at this terrible and tragic incident. We are in direct communication with police on this matter,” said B’nai Brith spokesperson Marty York in a statement.
Dovercourt Rd/ Bloor St
– reports that a woman is inside of a clothing donation box
– woman appears to be injured and unconscious
– circumstances unknown
– Units are OS with @Torontomedics @Toronto_Fire trying to assist the woman@TPS14Div #GO42073^adc
— Toronto Police OPS (@TPSOperations) January 8, 2019
Although police have not released the name of the victim, she has been identified by friends and family as Chrystal. “We’re all just devastated,” said Patricia O’Connell from Sistering. “People have known her for many years. She has been in the neighbourhood for a long time.”
“I will be for sure cautioning people not to go into those bins,” O’Connell added. “All of our women fall through the cracks … (and) have unbelievably traumatic backgrounds. There is no place for them to go.”
The event occurs just one week after a similar incident on the west coast. A 34-year-old man died after he was trapped in a clothing donation bin in West Vancouver.
The number of donation bin deaths has slowly risen, prompting people to demand action.
Vancouver’s Union Gospel Mission has asked that all bins be removed or altered. “It’s not a matter of if someone dies next, it’s a matter of when,” says Jeremy Hunka of Vancouver UGM. “Two people have died in Canada over the past week because of this, and these are vulnerable people. This is a problem across the country.”