At around 1:30 p.m. local time, a white van rammed into 8-10 pedestrians in Toronto, Canada on Monday, then the driver fled the scene. Police Spokeswoman Meaghan Gray stated that the van jumped the curb, but they don’t “know why.” Some local media are reporting at least 5 deaths, with multiple injured. The driver is currently in custody.
Witnesses told the Toronto Star that the action appeared deliberate.
The Star reported,
One witness told the Star that there were three victims near Mel Lastman Square.
One person on scene tweeted a photo of a white van on the sidewalk on Yonge, near Poyntz Ave., south of Sheppard Ave.
Police said both the van and the driver are in custody but don’t know the motive or cause of crash. On a video of the arrest that was posted on social media, the person arrested could be heard saying, “kill me.”
“Our hearts go out to anyone affected,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters in Ottawa.
“Obviously we’ll have more to say in the coming hours.”
People were tweeting photos of people with blood, lying on the sidewalk. One witness suggested the vehicle was a rental moving van.
Toronto Mayor John Tory issued a statement as he was on his way to receive an update:
My statement on the tragic incident at Yonge and Finch. pic.twitter.com/8FhH3M5Vhd
— John Tory (@JohnTory) April 23, 2018
The driver of the van was arrested, but his name has not yet been released.