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9 dead, 16 injured after van strikes multiple pedestrians in Toronto

A white van struck a crowd of pedestrians on busy street in Toronto on Monday afternoon, killing nine people and injuring 16.

Here’s what we know — and what we don’t.

What happened?

Toronto Police Service’s acting chief Peter Yuen said in a news conference today that the van struck several pedestrians at the intersection of Yonge Street and Finch Avenue around 1:30 p.m. E.T.

The incident killed nine people and injured 16, he said. Police have said little about the events leading up to the collision.

Toronto Transit Commission said transportation services were suspended in the area as police investigate the incident.

Toronto Fire tweeted that emergency crews are on the scene.

Who are the victims?

Police did not identify the nine killed or the 16 injured. At a news conference, Toronto Mayor John Tory said that officials will establish two hotlines related to the incident. One will be for witnesses who can provide additional information. The second will be for family members seeking information about their loved ones.

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto said its trauma center has received 10 patients from the incident. Two were pronounced dead on arrival, five are in critical condition, two are in serious condition, and one is in fair condition. 

Who is the driver?

Police said they located the van and arrested the driver, but it’s not yet clear who the driver is, nor what caused the collision.

What officials are saying

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters: “Our hearts go out to anyone affected.”

He added officials will learn more in the coming hours.

Tory said in a statement: “My thoughts are with those affected by this incident and the frontline responders who are working to help those injured.”

The incident occurred as security and foreign ministers from G7 countries were gathered in Toronto for a meeting on global security.

Canadian Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale said in a press conference that the meeting didn’t appear to be a target of the incident.

What’s next?

Tory said authorities will continue to investigate the collision and that the incident will likely create disruptions for businesses and traffic in the coming days.

The PBS NewsHour will update this story as it develops.

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