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Coroner investigating after worker killed at B.C. logistics facility

The province is looking into the death of a truck driver killed at a metro Vancouver truck-trailer loading site late last week


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NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C.—The BC Coroners Service and WorkSafeBC are investigating a worker’s death at a truck-trailer loading facility in New Westminster, B.C.

Coroners’ spokesman Andy Watson said the incident occurred April 6 morning and WorkSafeBC says it appears the worker was struck by a vehicle.

Watson said the service is still determining exactly how the worker died and whether it can make any recommendations regarding deaths in similar circumstances.

Jordan Atkins, vice-president of Western Transloading Corp., which operates the facility, said the driver was picking up a container on behalf of delivery company TBC Group.

While Atkins said there were no witnesses, and the incident occurred in a three-metre space between a building and the view of a surveillance camera.

“We were notified of the situation when one of the drivers came and alerted us that someone had been injured. We called police, the ambulance showed up, a couple of our employees here tried to resuscitate him and were unsuccessful,” Atkins said.

“What I do know of the driver who passed away is he’s extremely experienced, he’s been in the industry for more than 19 years from what I understand.”

New Westminster police say in a release they are also investigating the death at a location in the Queensborough neighbourhood.

Sgt. Jeff Scott says it’s a tragic event and their thoughts are with the family of the person killed.

Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement is are also present at the scene.


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