14-year-old girl dies after being struck by dump truck in Burnaby, police say

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Burnaby RCMP at the scene of a crash police have confirmed to be fatal. (Shawn Foss - image credit)
Burnaby RCMP at the scene of a crash police have confirmed to be fatal. (Shawn Foss - image credit)

Police in Burnaby, B.C., said a 14-year-old girl is dead after being struck by a dump truck on Wednesday afternoon.

RCMP officers were called to the collision just before 3:30 p.m. PT. at 11th Avenue and 16th Street. The stretch of 11th Avenue where the girl was killed has single-family homes on one side of the street and an industrial area on the other.

"We understand a tragic incident like this will be felt widely throughout the community," Cpl. Brett Cunningham said in a statement.

"Burnaby RCMP is looking at ways to support those impacted by this tragic death. Our victim services unit is also engaged and offering support to those affected."

Paramedics were called to the scene at the same time but did not take anyone to hospital.

People living in the area said they've been concerned about the heavy vehicle traffic in the neighbourhood for a while.

Stacy Wallwork told CBC she's complained to the city, RCMP and WorkSafeBC about the issue.

"These trucks are still driving crazily down here. They drive through my yard. I'm worried about them hitting my children and my pets," she said.

"It's very unsafe."

Shawn Foss/CBC
Shawn Foss/CBC

Police said the driver was pulling a dump trailer at the time of the fatal crash on Thursday, and remained on scene and is co-operating with their investigation.

Burnaby RCMP's criminal collision investigation team is working on the case, police said. According to Cpl. David Noons, closures near the area can be expected for several hours.

Mounties are asking anyone who may have seen the collision or who may have dash cam video showing 11th Avenue between 18th Street and 15th Street from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. to contact them.

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