Pedestrian dies after being hit by city contractor’s garbage truck

A pedestrian struck by a garbage truck under contract with the City of Ottawa Monday morning has died, according to a memo issued Tuesday by the general manager of Public Works.

The fatal collision happened around 9.20am near Tupper Avenue and Joliffe Street near Hawthorne Park, just north of Walkley Road.

According to Alain Gonthier’s note, the truck belongs to Miller Waste Systems.

“The Department of Public Works and our contractor, Miller Waste Systems, are saddened by this tragic incident and extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of this individual,” Gonthier wrote.

On Monday, Ottawa police told Radio-Canada that the pedestrian suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to hospital in critical condition.

According to Gonthier, the city is “committed to working with the police and the contractor to support the investigation and any resulting recommendations.”

The city is also “working closely with the contractor to ensure appropriate support is in place for the operator involved.”

As the matter is currently under investigation by Ottawa police, the city will not comment further, Gonthier wrote.

CBC has contacted Ottawa police and paramedics for further details of the incident and is awaiting a response.

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