Rescue Workers Save Woman From Crane Near Gardiner Expressway

Woman had been sleeping in crane several stories above construction site

Toronto Police, firefighters, and rescue workers were on this scene this morning near Dan Leckie Way and Bathurst where a woman was spotted scaling a crane overhanging a construction site.

According to CP24, the woman climbed a crane at a condo construction site and was seen sleeping inside the operator compartment sometime around 6 a.m., Thursday morning. The crane sits about four stories off the ground, and hangs over the Gardiner Expressway.

Police said they heard of the incident around 6:40 a.m. and responded to the scene, along with high angle rescue workers, the emergency task force and a team of negotiators. The woman, reported to be in her 20s was topless and had no safety equipment on whatsoever.

Initially the woman was reluctant for help, but after an hour of negotiations she scaled back down the crane in handcuffs with the assistance of police. She is currently in police custody, and was transported to the hospital to be assessed. Police have no yet released her name.

This situation recalls a similar incident last year when a 23-year-old woman climbed a crane near Church and Wellesely, which led to a lengthy and dramatic rescue.

 
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