Woman dies after becoming stuck inside clothing bin, police say

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Following news of the woman's death, Toronto Mayor John Tory called on city officials to review whether the donation boxes are safe.

A 35-year-old woman has died after being pinned inside a clothing donation box in Toronto on Tuesday morning. She had become trapped in a charity clothing donation box situated behind a building.

The openings of the bins are created to close after the donation has been placed inside the bin, but they can be deadly if someone positions themselves part way in the opening to reach in and grab clothes and the mechanism traps them.

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First responders performed CPR on the woman but she was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Global News.

Some vulnerable and homeless people try and take clothes from the bins as temperatures plummet below freezing, while others have reportedly tried to seek shelter inside them.

The latest incident in that province occurred just over a week ago, when a 34-year-old man was discovered in a donation bin in West Vancouver.

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The hatches on the bins are created to keep thieves out, but they can also trap people climbing inside. Police say she appears to have died after a medical episode, so the exact cause of death is not yet known.

Remarkably, this is the eighth death related to people getting stuck inside donation bins in Canada since 2015.

"It becomes a human trap".

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