TORONTO – A five-year-old girl died Thursday after she was struck by a city garbage truck in Scarborough, Toronto police say.
Paramedics were called to the scene near Cliffside Drive and Kingston Road shortly before 4 p.m.
Police said four children were crossing Cliffside Drive on the south side of East Haven Drive, when three of them were struck by a 2010 Freightliner garbage truck.
The driver was heading westbound on East Haven Drive and turned left to southbound Cliffside when the incident occurred.
Two other children, ages 6 and 13, were also hit, but have minor injuries, according to a CityNews report.
“It’s with a heavy heart that I extend my deepest condolences to the victims during this difficult time,” Mayor Rob Ford said in a statement.
“My thoughts and prayers, and I’m sure those of every parent in Toronto, are with the children, their families and friends. We will do everything we can to assist the families.”
Ford said the city will cooperate with the investigation.
“At this tragic time, our thoughts are with the victim’s family. None of us can imagine what they must be going through,” said CUPE 416 president Mark Ferguson.
“I want to extend, on behalf of Local 416, our deepest condolences and prayers to the little girl’s family.”
Scarborough Southwest Coun. Gary Crawford also expressed his condolences and support to the victims and their families.
According to CityNews, the 64-year-old driver got out of his truck after the incident and lay on the ground. He was taken to hospital for observation.
There is no word yet on charges.
The girl been identified as Kayleigh Callaghan-Belanger.