Woman dies after being found unconscious in clothing donation bin

Woman dies after being found unconscious in clothing donation bin

Woman dies after getting trapped inside Toronto clothing donation bin

In the wake of his death, charities called for the bins to be removed.

Toronto police say a woman has died after becoming trapped inside a clothing donation bin.

Sidhu says fire services cut the donation box open in order to help rescue the woman, but she was pronounced dead on scene. Police said they believed the woman's death does not appear suspicious and was likely accidental. The donation box is located behind an apartment building.

On New Year's Eve, a 34-year-old man was discovered lodged in a clothing bin in West Vancouver by an off-duty doctor.

This is not the first time someone has died after attempting to climb into a donation bin.

Some vulnerable and homeless people try and take clothes from the bins as temperatures plummet below freezing, while others have reportedly tried to seek shelter inside them.

"Although death or injury related to the misuse of clothing donation bins is not common, we feel that if there is an opportunity to prevent this type of tragic incident, we must make every effort to find a solution", the company said in a statement.

"We have asked staff to put additional monitoring of the bins and make sure they're not accessed illegally, and also causing safety concern to people using the bins", Lambert Chu, Burnaby's city manager, tells NEWS 1130. "[The bins] have inadvertently become death traps".

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