One dead, another injured after being discovered inside garbage truck

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A woman is dead and a man injured after being discovered inside a garbage truck Wednesday morning.

At about 7 a.m., officers responded to a call from emergency medical services for help in an alley near 125 Street and 102 Avenue, spokesman Scott Pattison said in a statement.

When police arrived, it was reported that a 26-year-old woman and a man whose age is unknown, were discovered in a garbage truck by a garbage collector as he drove away. The driver spotted the man waving at him from the back of the truck in one of his mirrors.

The woman was found dead inside while the man was injured. The woman’s injuries appear to be consistent with injuries that would have occurred during the garbage collection process.

The man was transported to hospital by paramedics with non-life threatening injuries.

Police believe the incident is non-criminal in nature.

It’s not the first time someone has been killed in an incident involving waste collection.

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On July 21, 2020, Richard Steven Unger, 41, was found dead at GFL Recycling, located at 20204 113 Ave. In July 2018, Lenny Bowman, 35, was crushed to death at Capital Paper Recycling. In 2013, also at Capital Paper Recycling, a body was found in a pile of cardboard while it was being sorted, and in 2012, at the same facility, 32-year-old man was found dead in a shipping container with cardboard from China.

In 2007, the City of Edmonton conducted a policy review of its garbage collection after a 19-year-old from B.C. was killed when the bin he was inside emptied into a trash-compacting truck. Concerns were raised that workers were not checking bins before emptying them

Officials concluded the policy did not need amending.

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