MAYOR TORY CALLS FOR MEETING TO DISCUSS PEDESTRIAN FATALS INVOLVING TRUCKS
Sep 17, 2019
By Bob Komsic
A woman suffered non-life threatening injuries when a dump truck hit her as she was getting off a streetcar on Bathurst Street north of College.
This comes one week after a woman pedestrian was struck and killed by a cement truck in the Yonge-Eglinton neighbourhood.
Mayor John Tory is calling a meeting for next Wednesday to talk with representatives from the construction industry and those who drive large trucks.
“Because clearly, based on the numbers this year so far, that is a particular problem that we have to address beyond things we (the city) can do,” says Tory.
“There are things that they are going to have to do as people driving trucks, people engaged in construction and I hope that that can be a constructive meeting where I can have them agree to do certain things; whether it’s increased training, increased safety measures, so that we can stop this kind of tragic event from happening in the city as part of the Vision Zero program,” the mayor adds.
Nine of the 26 pedestrians killed on city streets this year died in crashes involving heavy trucks.