Nine people were killed and 16 were injured when a van jumped a curb Monday afternoon in Toronto and rammed into pedestrians in a busy section of the city, police announced.
The driver of the white van was arrested, Acting Chief Peter Yuen of the Toronto Police Service announced at a Monday press conference.
Police have not said if they believe the crash was a deliberate act. The crash took place at about 1:30 p.m. on Yonge Street near Finch Avenue East in the northern part of the city.
Of the 16 people injured, five are in critical condition, police said.
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At the press conference, Toronto Mayor John Tory said, “This is a time when this community should come together.”
Tory added, “I hope that we will, as a city, remind ourselves of the fact that we are admired around the world for being inclusive and for being accepting and understanding and considerate.”
Before the casualty toll was announced, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrote on Twitter, “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.”