Friday, June 08, 2007

Cyclist killed by garbage truck

Jun 08, 2007 11:04 AM, Rachel De Lazzer
A cyclist was killed this morning when his bicycle collided with a garbage
truck in the city’s north end. The City of Toronto truck and the cyclist were both travelling southbound on Bayview Ave. just south of Highway 401 when they collided where the road narrows at Fife Rd., said Toronto police Staff Sgt. Keith Haines.
The truck was towing a trailer with a Bobcat industrial machine on it, he said. Haines said the southbound lanes of Bayview would remain closed for “a while” as police investigate the accident, which occurred around 8 a.m. The victim was believed to be about 35, but police could not immediately identify him. He was taken to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, where he died from his injuries. CBC Story
Updated! 'Indifferent' Offical Police Report.


Melissa said...

What is with all of these garbage truck accidents lately?!

Anonymous said...


Cyclist killed in collision with City vehicle

TORONTO, June 8 /CNW/ - A City of Toronto Transportation Services
was involved in a fatal collision with a cyclist this morning on Bayview
at approximately 8:15 a.m.
The Transportation vehicle, a small dump truck pulling a trailer,
traveling southbound on Bayview Ave., south of Highway 401, when a
occurred between a cyclist and the vehicle at the intersection of
Bayview Ave.
and Fifeshire Rd./Truman Rd.
"We are cooperating fully with the police in their investigation of
very serious and tragic matter," said Gary Welsh, General Manager,
Transportation Services.

Transportation Services is responsible for a wide variety of activities


# Pedestrian and cycling issues

Transportation Services gets a gold star in their workbooks for making commuting a little more convenient for motorholics by eliminating one and working to deter many more cyclists from using the PUBLIC roadways. This goes beside the gold star they got for delaying implementation of the bikeplan. I hope all the politicos handing out car keys to city staff had a nice wank on this one. No doubt the police will see fit to bury the corpses and lay blame on the cyclists questionable use of headware rather than the drivers failure to observe section 148 subsection 4 of the HTA:

Vehicles meeting bicycles

(4) Every person in charge of a vehicle on a highway meeting a
person travelling on a bicycle shall allow the cyclist sufficient room
on the roadway to pass. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 148 (4).

Tino said...

Hey, Melissa,

I am not sure but the Trucking Association is in total denial about side guards on trucks.

justride said...

Garbage trucks are unpredictable. Sometimes they stop in front of you and then, as you try to go around,swing out in the other lane to prepare to back into a driveway. It happen to me once and because I've read (could've been this blog..)about the dangers of these trucks I decided to slow down & wait to see what the driver was going to do.

Anonymous said...

I've a dim memory in Cabbagetown maybe 15/20 years back of a woman, maybe a Robin Black, being killed by a city garbage truck, maybe under contract and even though the truck was going the wrong way, it wasn't really the truck/city's fault.
Let's see: the beginning of bike week sees a move by the city to slash the cycling cttee because the Bike Plan isn't going ahead though that's political, and it ends with a cyclist fatality, the City wiping out a citizen-painted bike lane by the subway on Bloor, and extreme weather changes.

Anonymous said...

Here's what happened (eyewitness account). Dump truck was towing a trailer with bobcat on it, as the story says. But, the trailer was fishtailing (improperly loaded? damaged frame? incorrect hookup? who knows) and as the truck/trailer passed the cyclist, the trailer swung right and hit the cyclist in such a way that he was knocked down onto the road in front of the following vehicle. The collision with this vehicle caused the man's death. It was obvious to following drivers, including the eyewitness who related the above, that the trailer's fishtailing was very hazardous.

Darren said...


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Anonymous said...

Tragic story from Niagara today - June 12 - A woman pulling a baby carrier was struck and killed by an approaching suv that "drifted" into her lane. The baby is in hospital.

Thank god the report made no mention of whether she was wearing a helmet....