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Ontario coroner calls for side guards on trucks; Ottawa says no

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Dear Ottawa: If the Ontario Coroner is calling for truck sideguards, there IS enough evidence that they save lives.  The Ontario Coroner uses evidence-based decision making.

Ontario’s coroner renewed calls for mandatory side guards on trucks Wednesday, hours after a 25-year-old woman was crushed almost to death beneath the wheels of a truck in downtown Toronto.But the federal government has no plans to change the rules: Not enough evidence this would save lives, Transport Canada says.

It isn’t yet clear how the cyclist collided with, and was subsequently caught and dragged by, the truck near the corner of Dundas and Spadina. She was trapped for several minutes before paramedics could free her and rush her to hospital; she sustained serious lower-body injuries.

Full Story: Toronto cyclist accident: Ontario coroner calls again for side guards on trucks; Ottawa says no | Globalnews.ca.

  • someguy

    Warning: this is a brutal photo of the aftermath of a cyclist’s death in Edmonton (story here: http://www.edmontonsun.com/2012/08/27/cyclist-killed-by-cement-truck). Click at your own risk (NSFW, NSFL, gore warning): http://i.imgur.com/NMkLhj5.jpg

    The reason I added that is because THAT’S the sort of thing Ottawa needs to see. This is what death actually looks like. It’s horrific. Ottawa’s just looking at numbers, they need to see that human side. Mail this image and news story to everyone who’s voted against siderails and see what they say then.

  • daniel

    Update: The woman in the above story sadly passed away. Ottawa, please mandate sideguards and save lives!