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Toronto Star
2 Hurt in Wheelchair Ramp Callapse
Apr 20, 2007 09:38 PM
Nick Kyonka
Staff Reporter

At least two people were injured Friday night when a wheelchair access ramp collapsed outside a downtown church.

Police confirmed a man and a woman were both taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries shortly after a ramp leading into the Berkeley Church collapsed minutes before 9 p.m.

“I know I’ve got a group there that has some people that were handicapped and they were using the wheelchair ramp and the ramp collapsed on them,” said Toronto police Staff Sgt. Randy Carter from nearby 51 Division. “The injuries are not life-threatening and they’re just being looked at now.”

Other people were reported to be among the “walking wounded” outside the church near Queen St. E. and Parliament St., ambulance officials said.

It’s unknown how many people were on the ramp at the time of the collapse, Carter said, but several people were seen lying on the ground, covered in rubble and debris shortly after the accident.

Though Carter could not confirm reports that the group assembled at the church that night was permitted to use medicinal marijuana, he said if that was the case, it would not likely be a factor in the investigation.

“Our officers will do the initial part of the investigation and then there might be some building inspectors who will want to check the ramp and some charges may or may not come from there,” Carter said an hour after the incident.

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