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9 dead, 16 injured after van strikes pedestrians in North York

9 dead, 16 injured after van strikes pedestrians in North York

Published: 2018-04-23
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An unidentified woman, who police say witnessed a van striking multiple people at Yonge Street and Finch Avenue in Toronto, reacts to the horror Monday afternoon. Nine people were killed and 16 injured, police say.(Carlo Allegri/Reuters)
An unidentified woman, who police say witnessed a van striking multiple people at Yonge Street and Finch Avenue in Toronto, reacts to the horror Monday afternoon. Nine people were killed and 16 injured, police say.(Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

Nine people are dead and 16 others are injured after a white van struck a number of pedestrians Monday in the Yonge Street and Finch Avenue area of North York in Toronto.

One suspect is in custody. 

Toronto police Deputy Chief Peter Yuen told reporters police have mobilized all available resources and that officers expect to be at the scene for a number of days to come.

"This is going to be a long investigation," Yuen said. There were numerous witnesses and surveillance cameras in the area, he said. 

Nine people are dead and 16 others are injured after a white van struck a number of pedestrians Monday in the Yonge Street and Finch Avenue area of North York in Toronto.

One suspect is in custody. 

Toronto police Deputy Chief Peter Yuen told reporters police have mobilized all available resources and that officers expect to be at the scene for a number of days to come.

"This is going to be a long investigation," Yuen said. There were numerous witnesses and surveillance cameras in the area, he said. 

A news release from Sunnybrook Hospital on Bayview Avenue said 10 patients had been brought to its trauma centre and that its emergency department had been locked down as a precaution. 

Mayor John Tory said his office was being updated by Toronto Fire Service, Toronto Paramedic Services, the TTC and the acting city manager.

"My thoughts are with those affected by this incident and the frontline responders who are working to help those injured. I have offered any and all assistance that the city can provide to police to help this investigation."

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed condolences as he was heading into question period in Ottawa. He said he was just learning of the incident.

"Our hearts go out to everyone affected," Trudeau said. He said he would have more to say in the coming hours. 

Marianne Cho, a worker at Kayagum Restaurant, 5460 Yonge St., said the area had been blocked off by police.

"I just see one man lying at an intersection at Yonge and Kempford. There are ambulances around him and paramedics and cops," she said. 

"I was just working and then another worker told me a man might have been possibly been hit by a car. I see a man on the road right now and he's been there for quite a while. He hasn't been moving at all."