Worker pinned by freight mishap at Whitehorse trucking yard

A woman was sent to hospital in Whitehorse this morning after firefighters rescued her from the trailer of a freight truck.

Load weighing about 550 kilograms shifted as it was being moved, trapping an employee

The Canadian Freightways trucking yard where a woman was injured Tuesday morning. (Dave Croft/CBC)

A woman was sent to hospital in Whitehorse this morning after firefighters rescued her from the trailer of a freight truck.

The fire department got a call from the Canadian Freightways trucking yard on Calcite Road just after 9:30 a.m., said platoon chief Dave Dowie. 

Dave Dowie, Whitehorse platoon chief, said the injured woman was alert during the rescue. (Dave Croft/CBC)

"On arrival we did find that an employee was trapped in a trailer, pinned with a load that had shifted during unloading exercises," he said. "We were able to stabilize the load and extricate the patient." 

Dowie said the load weighed approximately 550 kilograms when it shifted. 

The fire department didn't comment on the woman's present condition but said she was conscious and talking with fire fighters during the rescue.

The woman is an employee at Canadian Freightways. The company said it cannot comment on the incident as an investigation by the Yukon Workers' Compensation Health and Safety Board is now underway.

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