November 28, 2023


Toronto, Ontario, Canada – A female cyclist is in hospital with life-threatening injuries after she was struck by a truck and became pinned under the float trailer it was hauling Wednesday morning, Toronto police say.

In a co-ordinated rescue, firefighters used jacks and cribbing to raise the trailer so that they and paramedics could crawl underneath it to reach the woman, who is in her early 20s, and bring her out on a backboard.

A witness told CP24 the woman was struck and knocked off her bike as she cycled in Spadina Avenue’s northbound lanes, just south of Dundas Street West at about 7:15 a.m. There is a sharrow lane for cyclists, with shared lane markings, along the curb.

The northbound truck came to a stop while the woman was under the trailer, which was being used to haul machinery.

Despite her injuries, she was able to respond to emergency personnel at the scene, said Toronto Fire Services district chief Colin Giffin.

After the woman was freed, she was rushed to hospital with serious injuries to her legs and pelvis, a Toronto EMS spokesperson told CP24.

Police are investigating the cause of the collision.

With files from CP24 reporter Cam Woolley.

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