The Hush Post: Nine people were killed and 16 injured when a van ran through a busy Toronto sidewalk on Monday afternoon, police said.
Large number of office workers were on lunch breaks when the accident occurred just before 1:30 p.m. (1730 GMT). One witness described the driver as appearing to deliberately target victims on his roughly mile-long (1.6 km-long) rampage. The driver fled the scene of the incident, at the busy junction, but was arrested several streets away.
The crash occurred at the corner of Yonge Street and Finch Avenue in the north end of the city, where a van drove onto the sidewalk and hit several people, said Toronto Police spokeswoman Meaghan Gray. Yonge Street is large with a divided boulevard at the point where the incident occurred, its centre meridian dotted with planter boxes and sculptures.
A man who gave his name as Ali told CNN he saw the van and that the driver appeared to have been targeting people. “This person was intentionally doing this, he was killing everybody,” the man said. “He kept going, he kept going. People were getting hit, one after another.”
He said a number of the victims were older people and at one point he saw a stroller fly into the air.
Buildings and workplaces in the area where the van struck pedestrians in Toronto were shut down, and a nearby subway station was closed and service suspended.
Aerial photos of the scene posted on social media showed a food truck parked just a few feet away from where emergency workers busily transferred people onto stretchers.
The incident happened about 30 kms (18 miles) from downtown, where the Group of Seven (G-7)foreign ministers of industrialised nations, including Canada, the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan were meeting on Monday.