People Dead after van hits Pedestrians in Toronto

Police Respond After Van Rams Into Crowd Of Pedestrians On Toronto Street

Ten people were rushed to hospital, with five of those in critical condition. Authorities have not revealed the name and age of the driver but are now investigating and asking witnesses to give them more information on what happened.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation identified the suspect as Alek Minassian, 25, without identifying its source for that information.

In a press conference later, Canadian Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale ruled out any terror links.

Diego Dematos was driving on Yonge street in the opposite direction to the van and witnessed the vehicle collide with pedestrians.

"People, fire hydrants, there's mailboxes being run over", another said, describing how he tried to alert pedestrians of the coming vehicle.

A Reuters witness said there were at least two bodies at the site of the incident. The video later showed what appeared to be the same man lying on the flood, being handcuffed.

He declines to confirm reports of the number of injured or whether there are any fatalities.

Nine people have been killed and 16 injured after a man drove a van into pedestrians on the pavement in Toronto, Canada. The driver, identified by police as Alex Minassian, was located and arrested without injury.

In addition to Sunnybrook Hospital, North York General Hospital has also received victims from Monday's crash.

"At this point it's too early to tell what if any motive there was".

The incident occurred Monday as Cabinet ministers from the G7 countries were gathered in Toronto to discuss a range of global issues in the run-up to the G7 meeting near Quebec City in June, the Associated Press reports. The witness said he tried to honk his horn to warn pedestrians about the van but that he witnessed at least six, seven people being hit. "It was bad. Brutal". "Thank you to the courageous EMS and first responders who are working tirelessly to help".

Police shut down the Yonge and Finch intersection following the incident and Toronto's transit agency said it had suspended service on the subway line running through the area.

In the city center, as the incident took place, world leaders were conducting meetings ahead of the G-7 summit due to take place in Canada in June.

"Our hearts go to anyone affected", Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the House of Commons.

A law enforcement official briefed on the situation told CNN the incident was believed to be deliberate. Kamil Karamali, a reporter for Global News Toronto, discusses with CGTN's Mike Walter.

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