One dead in York collapse

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By Rebecca Burton
News Editor

One person is dead and another five injured after a Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) construction crane collapsed at York University on Oct. 11.

The crane, which was part of the TTC York-Spadina construction line, (TYSSE) fell at approximately 2:30 p.m. at a construction site located at York Boulevard near Keele Street. The nearby Schulich School of Business was evacuated after the collapse.

Six individuals were affected in total, according to Peter Macintyre, media personnel for Toronto Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

He said one individual was pronounced dead at the scene, two had been transported to Sunnybrook Hospital and another two people with minor injuries were sent to York Finch hospital.

Rescue crews were able to remove the final man trapped under the crane and rushed him to hospital. Surgical crews stood by the scene in case amputation of the man’s leg would be neccesary to remove him.

According to CBC News, as of press time the man had been taken to Sunnybrook Hospital in serious but stable condition.

“It’s [TYSSE]’s responsibility,” said Wallace Pidgeon of York Media. Pidgeon said the university is not involved in the accident.

In an interview with CBC News York University confirmed that no students were injured. Students at York University are currently on their fall reading week.

— With files from The Excalibur

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