Man accidently crushed to death

VAUGHAN, Ont. — A man is dead after apparently being crushed between two trailers.

At 6:41 this morning, York Regional Police received a call to attend an industrial accident at Muir’s Cartage Ltd. on 75 Doney Crescent in Vaughan, Ont. Sergeant Clint Whitney of department’s media relations unit said officers attending the scence “found a man suffering from very serious injuries as a result of being crushed between two trailers. Life-saving efforts were attempted by emergency personnel but unfortunately, he succumbed to his injuries and died.”

At this point, Sgt. Whitney told Truck News this appears to be a “tragic accident” that involved two men who knew each other for approximately 19 years.

“What happened is these two men who worked together for many years, were trying to attach a trailer to the back of a truck that already had a trailer on it. As one of the drivers was reversing that truck towards the other trailer, for some reason the man who died was behind it. It happened very quickly. He was crushed at that time. The other driver wasn’t even aware of it and actually started to drive away. It wasn’t until some employees at the cartage company saw a body on the ground that police were notified.”

The victim was a 51-year-old man from the Markham, Ont. Police are not releasing his name. The driver of the truck and trailer is 55-years-old.

While the accident happened at Muir’s, the trucks and trailers don’t belong to the company—a fact that makes the investigation into this accident a bit more complicated than a typical motor vehicle investigation.

Sgt. Whitney said not only is the York Regional Police’s criminal investigations bureau involved, so are the Ontario Ministry of Labour and the federal Ministry of Labour. The Ontario Coroner’s Office is also at the accident site.

“It happened on the property of a place that is under provincial regulation, but because the trucks and trailers are sent all over Canada, that makes it federal.”

Sgt. Whitney said there is video of the scene and that witnesses are being interviewed.

“It looks, right now, like this is an accident. There is no initial indication of foul play or anything like that. It is too early to speculate about any charges.”

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