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Updated: Tue, 24 Jun 2014 09:58:26 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Woodbine Racetrack death: Exercise rider dies after horse falls on him



A trainer is dead after he was crushed by a horse early Tuesday at Toronto's Woodbine racetrack. Tony Smyth/CBC

A trainer is dead after he was crushed by a horse early Tuesday at Toronto's Woodbine racetrack. Tony Smyth/CBC

An exercise rider was killed at Toronto's Woodbine Racetrack after a horse collapsed and died on top of him early today.

Emergency services personnel were called to the sand track area on the south side of the racetrack property just after 6 a.m. ET Tuesday.

They found the rider suffering trauma and trapped under the dead horse.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

EMS says the accident happened after the horse and the rider collided with a fence.

"Police say the horse had a medical issue, possibly a heart attack, and fell on the trainer," the CBC's Linda Ward reported.

It was earlier reported that a jockey had died, and then police later said he was a trainer. CBC News has since learned he was an exercise rider.

Toronto police have taped off a large area in the rear of the property where the track's barns and training area are located.

Ontario's Labour Ministry will investigate.

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