Van hops Toronto sidewalk, killing at least two

A van apparently jumped onto a sidewalk Monday from a busy intersection in Toronto and struck a crowd of pedestrians and before it was found and the driver was taken into custody, Canadian police said.

The white van possibly struck eight to 10 people near Yonge Street and Finch Avenue just before 10:30 p.m., police said.

At least two people are reported to have been killed and many more injured after a van ploughed into pedestrians in Toronto, Canada.

Police Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu says authorities do not yet know the cause or reason for the collision.

A waiter at a nearby cafe says he saw several people injured, including a girl who he said appeared to be in serious condition.

No description was given of the driver, including name, age, gender or possible motive.

The United States and Europe have seen a string of deadly attacks in which vehicles were used to mow down pedestrians, including an October 31 attack in NY that killed eight.

The TTC has suspended Line 1 subway service between Sheppard and Finch stations and said there will be no shuttle bus service.

Yonge Street is large, divided boulevard at the point where the incident occurred, its centre meridian dotted with planter boxes and sculptures.

There was no noticeable change in security around the Intercontinental Hotel where the foreign ministers were about to gather for a group photograph.

"Our hearts go out to anyone affected", Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters.

  • Joey Payne