Toronto building and scaffolding collapse injures 7
Two-storey building was scheduled to be demolished as part of a crosstown light-rail transit project
Seven people were injured on Monday afternoon after the front wall of a building and scaffolding collapsed at a Metrolinx construction site in midtown Toronto, the transit agency confirmed.
The two-storey building at the intersection of Eglinton Avenue West and Peveril Hill North, near Bathurst Street, was scheduled to be demolished today as part of a crosstown light-rail transit project.
The front wall of the building at the construction site collapsed onto the scaffolding, bringing it down as well, according to Metrolinx. The scaffolding was being used to create a separate walkway for people passing by.
The pedestrians injured were on the sidewalk under the scaffolding at the time of the collapse.
Firefighters said a mother and her baby were among the people rescued.
Emergency crews said the baby was in a stroller, which was found damaged in the rubble, but that the infant is fine.
Toronto police said debris from the falling wreckage was sustained by the stroller, and the baby is believed to have just minor injuries.
Pat Warrington said she was standing near the building when she suddenly heard a loud noise.
"Someone was screaming," she said. "It's awful. I hope I never hear that sound again."
Toronto Fire Services Capt. Michael Westwood said he wasn't able to speculate on the cause of the collapse.
"Obviously something wasn't right if the scaffolding and some of the structure came down," he said. "[There are] no structural concerns for neighbouring buildings."
A Toronto police canine unit was brought to the scene with rescue dogs to determine if any other people were trapped in the rubble.
Police said all seven of the people injured were taken to the hospital. Three of them were were treated for serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
Toronto Fire Services said officials from the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Enbridge and Toronto Hydro will be conducting investigations.
The rubble on the site will be cleared after the inspections.
Metrolinx said the collapse occurred at the future location of LRT Forest Hill Crosstown Station, in a statement released Monday afternoon.
"Our primary focus is on the well-being of the injured," said John Jensen, chief capital officer at Metrolinx. "We'll have to wait for the investigation to get more information."
As of Monday evening, police said Eglinton Avenue West will remain closed in both directions from Hilltop Road to Bathurst Street as their investigation continues.
Drivers are asked to avoid the area throughout the morning rush hour.
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