Woman dies after getting trapped inside clothes donation box in Toronto

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A woman has died after she was found lodged in a clothing donation box in Toronto early Tuesday morning.

The department received a call around 1:40 a.m. and arrived to find the woman "injured and unconscious", according to a tweet by the Toronto Police Operations Centre.

Sidhu says fire services cut the donation box open in order to help rescue the woman, but she was pronounced dead on scene.

Last week, the body of a 34-year-old man was discovered inside a donation bin in West Vancouver.

There have also been deaths from donation bins in Alberta and Ontario in the last two years.

Five of eight deaths took place in B.C.


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A homeless advocate said that homeless people often try to get items out of the bins or use them for shelter in cold weather without realizing the safety risks.

It's not the first time a person has died after being trapped in a clothing donation box in Canada.

Sidhu said the identity of the latest victim in Toronto has not yet been released.

The death appears to be accidental, police told CBC.

It's the second death involving a donation bin in the span of a month and at least the eighth such incident since 2015.