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Woman dies after getting STUCK in Toronto Salvation Army donation bin

Woman dies after getting STUCK in Toronto Salvation Army donation bin

Police officials were called to the scene at 730 Dovercourt Rd. around 1:30am when they witnessed a woman's body partially lodged in a bin.

Reports from the CBC suggest that the woman, identified only as Chrystal, was a rough sleeper with a history of health and addiction problems who was likely trying to find warm clothes from inside the bin.

"Shut them all down", Loretta Sundstrom, whose 45-year-old daughter died in 2015 after getting stuck in a bin, told CBC last week.

Investigators say she was heard screaming for help just before 2 a.m. from the box located behind a building.

The safety of the boxes, which are created to make it hard for people to access the inside.

He said the designs feature metal bars that create a "pinch point" when activated, often by people trying to get into the boxes.

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Toronto Mayor John Tory described the death as a "very, very sad story" and said he's directing staff to review the state of donation boxes in the city in light of the incident.

On Monday, city manager Lambert Chu said the city was in the process of sending letters to organizations with bins on private property, asking they be removed "until better safety measures are in place".

The bins' hatches are created to prevent theft of donations.

In the wake of the recent bin deaths, however, the company has suspended manufacturing until it can conceive of a safer design.

Sidhu said the identity of the latest victim in Toronto has not yet been released. "That would be painful, and it would not be quick".

Jeremy Hunka of the Union Gospel Mission in Vancouver said homeless people often turn to the bins for clothing or shelter without being aware of how risky they can be.

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A woman has died after being trapped inside a clothes donation box.

Five people have died in British Columbia in the past four years in similar incidents.

One manufacturer, Green Inspiration, said in an emailed statement it is replacing its donation bins throughout the Lower Mainland with a new design that does not allow "unauthorized entries" at all.

That's why one engineer has formed an emergency taskforce at the University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus with the aim of retrofitting the existing donation bins to make them safer.

If it's not feasible for an organization to remove their bins within the time frame, Townsend says they're asked to put locks on the containers.

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