TORONTO — A pedestrian has died after being struck by a dump truck near the construction site for the Finch West LRT light rail project in Toronto.
The incident occurred April 15 in the Finch Avenue West and Sentinel Road area in North York.
Toronto police arrived on scene just after 3:30 p.m. A tweet from Toronto police about 45 minutes after crews arrived reported the pedestrian had succumbed to their injuries.
“It is with great sadness that we learned that a pedestrian was struck and tragically died. Our thoughts go out to their loved ones,” said Anne Marie Aikins, senior manager, media and spokesperson with Metrolinx, in an email to the Daily Commercial News.
The truck driver remained at the scene. The Ministry of Labour Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) has confirmed the victim was not a worker on the site.
“The truck is owned by a subcontractor of Mosaic, the constructor of the Finch West LRT project and Mosaic along with the truck driver are co-operating fully with the police investigation,” said Aikins. “Safety is critical to everything we do and Metrolinx will also investigate the circumstances and fully support the Toronto police investigation.”
The roads were closed following the incident but have since reopened, she added. Work did not resume at the site the following day (April 16).
“Work has been temporarily paused at this specific work site,” Aikins said. “Grief counsellors will be on site today.”
An MLTSD inspector attended the workplace and two requirements were issued to the constructor, Mosaic Transit Constructors General Partnership. The investigation is ongoing.