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article imageMan dies after being dragged for blocks by Toronto streetcar Special

By KJ Mullins     Jan 11, 2011 in World
Toronto - Two Toronto Police bike constables tried to flag down a TTC streetcar driver today, as a pedestrian was dragged for blocks under the vehicle.
Staff Sergeant Tim Ralph said in a phone interview that the victim was dragged from just east of Bathurst and Queen St. West, along Queen to Niagara St. The incident happened at 10:20 a.m. when two bike constables from 14 Division attempted to stop the streetcar while witnessing the incident.
By the time the streetcar stopped, the man was trapped underneath the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The victim has yet to be identified.
Investigators are still interviewing witnesses from the scene and no charges have been made as of yet.
TTC spokeswoman Jessica Martin said the TTC cannot comment on the incident as it is a police investigation.
"The accident is very tragic," Martin said. "The TTC is providing the police with any information that we can."
Martin said a shuttle bus used to help divert traffic entered a streetcar lane not intended for vehicle traffic, resulting in a bus collision with a pole.
"There was minor damage requiring the bus to be towed," Martin said. "Chances are the driver was not aware of the route."
Martin said when shuttle buses are brought in they are not always aware of the route, as they are often pulled from other areas of the city.
Staff Sergeant Ralph said that when the bus entered a TTC streetcar right-of-way it got hung up. There are no injuries from the incident.
Traffic was diverted from 10:20 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. along Queen St. West while police investigated the death.
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