By CHARMAINE NORONHA
TORONTO (AP) — Toronto police say nine people are dead and 16 have been injured after a van struck pedestrians at a busy intersection in Toronto. The driver was taken into custody.
It was not immediately clear what caused the van to strike the pedestrians in a busy intersection in the north-central part of the city. Police did not immediately identify the driver.
“At this point it’s too early to tell what if any motive there was,” Toronto police spokeswoman Meaghan Gray said.
Toronto paramedic spokeswoman Kim McKinnon said first responders were on scene treating multiple patients, but wouldn’t confirm the number or severity of injuries.
Police shut down the Yonge and Finch intersection following the Monday afternoon incident and Toronto’s transit agency said it has suspended service on the subway line running through the area.
The incident occurred as Cabinet ministers from the major industrial countries were gathered in Canada to discuss a range of international issues in the run-up to the G7 meeting near Quebec City in June.