AT least nine people are dead after being struck by a van mounting a pavement in Toronto, Canada. Cops were called to Yonge Street and Finch Avenue after a speeding white rental van hit pedestrians before fleeing the scene.
The Sun reports,
The incident happened just before 1:30pm local time (18:30 GMT) in Canada’s largest city.
Cops have arrested the driver of the van but have not yet established a motive for the attack.
One eyewitness claimed the driver appeared “in control” of the vehicle as it hit pedestrians. However, it is not yet known if it was a deliberate act or a traffic mishap.
The incident happened 18 miles from G7 ministers, including UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, meeting to discuss terrorism and cyber security.
One eyewitness told CNN the driver appeared to have been targeting people.
He said: “This person was intentionally doing this, he was killing everybody. He kept going, he kept going. People were getting hit, one after another.”
Another said he saw people “strewn all over the road” after the Ryder rental truck mounted the pavement.
A Toronto police spokesman said: “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”.
Footage from bystanders show dozens of pedestrians gathering victims who were hit by the vehicle.
Story being updated at The Sun