TTC worker injured on the job last week has passed away

A TTC employee who was pinned by two vehicles at the Scarborough RT Yard last week has passed away.

The victim was 50 year old Tom Dedes – who was rushed to hospital after the industrial accident, where he remained until his passing Monday.

The incident occured last Sunday at around 2:30 a.m. in the area of McCowan and Ellesmere roads.

Toronto Paramedics acknowledged at the time the worker’s injuries were “very serious”.

According to the TTC, Dedes had worked for the transit agency 18 years, most recently as a subway track maintenance employee.

In a news release issued on Monday, the TTC confirmed Dedes and his co-workers were “off-loading equipment” from a TTC pickup truck onto a workcar at the TTC yard.

“When the workcar was finished being loaded, it moved off under the power of a locomotive. There is no traction power rail where the workcar was situated.”

“Tom was positioned between the pickup truck and the workcar when the tail swing of the workcar struck and pinned Tom against the pickup truck, causing significant internal injuries.”

TTC spokesperson Andy Byford added the transit agency is mourning the loss of their co-worker.

“On behalf of the entire TTC family, I send my deepest condolences to Tom’s parents and his partner, Gina, at this very difficult time. Our thoughts are also with Tom’s co-workers as we all come to terms with this tragic and shocking event.”

Investigations into the incident are being conducted by the Ontario Ministry of Labour and the TTC.


With files from CP24