Woman dies after getting trapped in clothing donation bin

2019-01-09 11:25
Donation bin. (Getty images, Gallo images)

Donation bin. (Getty images, Gallo images)

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A woman from Toronto, Canada was found dead on Tuesday, January 8 after she got trapped in a clothing donation bin, BBC reports.

The bins are used to ensure clothing donations won't get stolen, but at least seven Canadians have died after getting stuck inside the metal containers.

Friends say the homeless woman, known only as Chrystal, battled with addiction. They remember her as a bubbly and friendly face around the neighbourhood.

Patricia O'Connell, executive director at Sistering, a woman's shelter located near where Crystal was trapped, told CBC that everyone who knew her was shattered by the news.

"She was a lovely human being," O'Connell said. "We're all just devastated. Everyone here knew her."

In December a 34-year-old Vancouver man was also found lifeless in one of the bins. In the wake of the two deaths the manufacturers of the bins, Rangeview Fabricating, announced they would stop making them until they've improved the safety modifications, The Columbia Valley Pioneer reports.

Toronto's mayor, John Tory, said he'd sent a letter to the city's general government and licensing committee to investigate certain aspects of the bins to determine whether they're the best way to collect donated clothing.

Sources: BBC, CBC, Columbia Valley Pioneer

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