This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
In an extremely unusual and fatal accident that took place near Pearson International Airport on Friday evening, an almost 20-year-old man was killed in a remarkably rare occurring of him being pinned down under the snow removal equipment. According to Peel Regional Police, the officers responded immediately to the scene when the emergency call was made, i.e. a short while before 7 p.m., and found the man underneath the snow removal equipment in a lot off Viscount Rd., near Hwy. 409.
Explaining the scene later on Saturday, Const. Thomas Ruttan explained that “it’s a parking lot for airport employees.” It was elucidated that the man was clearing mounds of snow gathered several metres high in the lot, which gathered during last week’s storm. He revealed that the tragedy took place when the worker was lifting a steel bin, i.e. similar in shape to a dumpster, filled with snow up onto a flatbed truck to be hauled away but the heavy snow-filled box managed to slip off the truck and onto the man, leaving him trapped beneath its crushing weight.
First respondents confirm that the victim, whose identity has been kept a secret so far, did not have any vital signs when they arrived and so he was pronounced dead at the scene. Ruttan confirmed that officers from Peel’s Major Collision Bureau have finished probing the deadly incident. He explained that “there was no criminality involved,” and “so our investigators have turned over their findings to the Ministry of Labour.”