Police: 9 dead, 16 injured after van strikes crowd in Toronto
Police said one person has been taken into custody
By EMS1 Staff
TORONTO — Toronto police have confirmed that nine people are dead and 16 others were injured after a van struck a crowd of pedestrians in Toronto.
Acting Chief Peter Yuen: 9 people dead, 16 people injured. One man in custody, after incident involving vehicle on Yonge Street. ^js— Toronto Police (@TorontoPolice) April 23, 2018
The driver of the van, who hasn’t been identified, was taken into custody, the Associated Press reports. Police did not provide immediate details on casualties or the extent of injuries.
“At this point it’s too early to tell what if any motive there was. We are also unable right now to tell the extent or the number of persons injured,” Toronto police spokeswoman Meaghan Gray said.
"Our hearts go out to anyone affected. We're obviously going to have more to learn and more to say in the coming hours,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.
Witness describes what he saw in #Toronto. A "white van speeding probably 60-70mph, swerving to deliberately hit pedestrians and avoid traffic before careering off into a side street and out of view."pic.twitter.com/6hydkTPk1i— Nick Short ?? (@PoliticalShort) April 23, 2018
UPDATE: The driver of the rented comercial van which struck and killed at least 2 people and injured 8 others in Toronto, Canada is in custody, police have not yet given any personal details of the susspect or a possible motive. pic.twitter.com/gYiIS3qZmE— News_Executive (@News_Executive) April 23, 2018