Toronto Collision: Nine Dead and 16 Injured after Van Mounts Pavement
Albanian Daily News
Published April 24, 2018
Nine people have been killed and 16 injured after a man drove a van into pedestrians in Toronto, police said.
The driver fled the scene of the incident, at a busy intersection in the north of the Canadian city.
He was arrested several blocks away and taken into custody. Authorities said they had not yet established a reason or motive for the incident.
Toronto Deputy Chief Peter Yuen said police were investigating the driver and asked for witnesses to come forward.
Reza Hashemi, who owns a video shop on Yonge Street, told the BBC he heard screaming on the other side of the road.
He said the driver appeared to mount the pavement, run into people, and return to mount the pavement again.
The incident occurred at Yonge Street and Finch Avenue at 13:30 local time (17:30 GMT) on Monday. The crime scene encompassed a 2km (1.24 mile) stretch of Yonge Street.
About 18 miles (30km) away, downtown, the Group of Seven foreign ministers of industrialised nations - including Canada, the US, Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Japan - were holding meetings.
Pictures apparently taken at the scene showed police armed with rifles and paramedics treating injured people. One orange bag, which appeared to contain a body, was loaded on to an ambulance.
"Reports were that a white van mounted the kerb, drove down the sidewalk at southbound Yonge, south of Finch, and struck eight to 10 people possibly, the numbers aren't confirmed yet," Toronto police spokesperson Gary Long told Canadian broadcaster Global News.