Accident at ADESA auction leaves one dead


BRAMPTON, ONT. – A 43-year-old man from Stouffville, Ontario is dead after an accident at ADESA Toronto on Wednesday morning.

According to const. Thomas Ruttan of Peel police, a 69-year old man was driving a van on the ADESA property when, “for reasons unknown,” he lost control of the vehicle and struck the victim, pinning him between the van and a wall.

The unidentified victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The major collision bureau is investigating the circumstances of the accident. There is no word yet on any charges.

Police said the victim was not an employee at the Brampton, Ontario auction facility. A posting on ADESA's website on Wednesday said the auction was closed.

There have been unconfirmed reports that the victim worked at a used-car dealership in Stouffville, Ontario.

Robert Beattie, executive director of the Used Car Dealer Association, called the accident a tragedy and noted such incidents are very rare in the auction world.

Canadian AutoWorld has contacted ADESA for more information but there has been no comment from the company.