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The 100-kg ice chunk fell on the 56-year-old who is now in hospital in serious but stable condition

Man in stable condition after 100-kg ice chunk falls on his head

Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 8:08 AM - As the weather warms, walking near downtown buildings cans be dangerous due to the risk of falling chunks of ice.

Just ask a 56-year-old Ontario man, who was struck by a 100-kg chunk of falling ice while walking in downtown Ottawa. The falling ice left him with multiple injuries, including a concussion and a fractured collarbone. The ice fell from a nearby building at around 5:15 p.m.

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Paramedics arrived at the scene shortly after and took the man, who was conscious, to hospital. His condition was described as serious, but stable.

The man was said to be looking rattled after the hit by a witness that spoke to CBC News.

People who live in the area say it is not an isolated incident, and paramedics admit to receiving multiple calls regarding falling ice each spring.

Another massive ice chunk fell on a car parked at a nearby home shortly after

Ice falling from buildings was not entirely unexpected as Ottawa warmed up to 8 C on Tuesday, the warmest the city has felt all year long.

The higher temperatures also led to the closure of the Rideau Canal skateway. After 59 consecutive days—the longest stretch in its history—officials determined the quality of the ice surface was unsafe for skaters.

Source: CBC News

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