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Nine Dead, 16 Injured After Van Strikes Pedestrians On Toronto Sidewalk

From the scene
From the scene
Photo: Cole Burston (Getty)

Nine people are dead and 16 are injured after a white van mounted a curb in Toronto and ran down pedestrians, police said. The driver of the van has been arrested.

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The incident happened around 1:30 p.m. Monday, according to the Toronto Star. The driver of the van, an unnamed male, has been arrested but police have no motive behind the crash just yet, the Star reports.

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Here’s more from the Star:

Reporters and photographers saw multiple tarps covering what appear to be victims’ bodies from the two-kilometre stretch of Yonge.

“I was in my car and I saw a white van going on the sidewalk,” witness Ham Yu-Jin told Metroland’s Andrew Palamarchuk. “I heard a big bang and the van hit a bus shelter and hit people. I turned my car on and chased the van. I’m so lucky, I could have been hit.”

Police said the investigation could last for several days.

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Photos from the scene showed police inspecting a white Ryder van with a significantly dented grille. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters: “Our hearts go out to anyone affected,” the Star reported and added, “Obviously we’ll have more to say in the coming hours.”

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Senior Reporter, Jalopnik/Special Projects Desk

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My hat’s off to the arresting officer. Watch the video of the arrest. The suspect was holding a cell phone like a gun, seeming to be attempting suicide by police, and the officer kept a level head and was able to arrest him without any violence.