9 dead, 16 injured in Toronto collision

ANI | Updated: Apr 24, 2018 02:50 IST

Toronto [Canada], Apr. 24 (ANI): At least nine people died and sixteen others were injured when a truck ran over pedestrians after jumping the curb here on Monday, the local police confirmed.

"Acting Chief Peter Yuen: 9 people dead, 16 people injured. One man in custody, after incident involving vehicle on Yonge Street. ^js," the Toronto Police wrote on Twitter

The van struck pedestrians in the Yonge and Finch area of Toronto earlier today. The driver has been taken into custody. Meanwhile, an eyewitness told CNN that he saw the van and it appeared as if the driver was targeting people. "This person was intentionally doing this, he was killing everybody. He kept going, he kept going. People were getting hit, one after another," the witness said. After the incident, Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that the situation was being monitored closely. "Our thoughts are with all those affected by the terrible incident at Yonge and Finch in Toronto. Thank you to the first responders working at the scene – we're monitoring the situation closely," he wrote on Twitter.

Officers were called to the scene at 1:27 pm (local time).(ANI)