Female Protester Struck and Killed by Livestock Hauler
Burlington, ON – A Canadian woman was killed on Friday morning after she was struck by a livestock truck as she was attempting to give food and water to the animals inside.
According to a release from the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS), the incident occurred around 10:20 a.m. outside the Fearmans Pork meat processing facility located at Appleby Line and Harvester Road on June 19.
The victim was described by authorities as a female in her 60s.
While her identity has yet to be released, police confirm the next of kin has been notified.
Investigators are currently on-scene.
According to HRPS, Harvester Road between Appleby Line and South Service Road will be closed until further notice.
Motorists are encouraged to avoid the area.
Photos from the scene show other protesters hugging each other outside of the facility following the incident.
Witnesses claim the woman was attempting to feed and water the pigs inside the truck and was struck by the moving semi-truck in the process.
.@HaltonPolice Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal pedestrian struck collision involving a protestor at the Fearmans Pork Plant on Appleby Line in Burlington. Pedestrian struck while attempting to feed pigs in the moving transport truck. #BurlON pic.twitter.com/q6KR68rEfv
— Andrew Collins (@ACollinsPhoto) June 19, 2020
Local resident Beth Revelle took to Twitter to express her condolences to the victim and also the truckers who “put up with so much there… between people climbing on their trucks and protestors in the road it’s such a safety risk.”
“Some protesters would run into traffic, others would climb on the trucks and many would run up and try to feed the pigs or give them water,” she wrote, claiming this has been happening for over a decade.
HRPS has yet to identify the trucker involved in the accident.
Anyone who witnessed this incident or anyone with dash cam footage from the area at the time of the collision is asked to call HRPS’s Collision Reconstruction Unit at (905) 825-4747 ext. 5065.
Photo courtesy Graham Paine/Torstar