Multiple casualities as truck plows into a crowd in downtown Toronto

Toronto van

Police are investigating after a van slammed into a group of pedestrians in North Toronto.

Emergency crews were called to Yonge Street and Finch Avenue East, near the North York Civic Centre, around 1:30 p.m., after a white van mounted the sidewalk and struck a number of people.

Police initially estimated that eight to 10 pedestrians were hit, but clarified on Twitter a short time later that it is “too early to confirm the number of pedestrians struck or their injuries.” 

The suspect has been arrested

The van, which appeared to be a Ryder rental van, then fled the area, making it roughly two kilometers before being stopped near Poyntz Avenue. The driver’s side door of the van – which had severe front-end damage – remained open as police taped off the area.

Police have not released any information about the cause of the crash. 

Dozens of police cruisers have flooded the area, and an EMS bus has been brought in along with multiple ambulances to treat victims.

The area has been taped off by investigators and TTC service in the area has been suspended.