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Police: nine people dead as a result of the van hit a crowd in Toronto

CANADA (OBSERVATORY) – Nine people were killed and 16 others injured in a run-off on Monday, April 23, 2018, in the Canadian city of Toronto. The police did not explain in a tweet whether it was deliberate or merely a traffic accident. According to police, a “white pickup truck” hit pedestrians on Yong Street in the corner of Finch Avenue, north of downtown Toronto.

Local police reported that police arrested the truck driver. The Toronto Sun newspaper posted a picture of a man identified as the driver arrested by Toronto police. Police confirmed to the newspaper that the arrested man was driving the pickup truck.

The police were called by 1:30 pm (1730 GMT) to Yong Street at the north end of the city, where a van entered the pavement and hit a number of people, police spokeswoman Megan Gray said.

A man who identified himself as CNN told the television that he saw the van and that it appeared the driver was targeting people. Several of the victims were said to be elderly and had seen a baby carriage flying in the air. The accident took place about 30 km from the city center, where the foreign ministers of the Group of Seven (G7), which includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Britain and the United States, met.

There has been no noticeable change in security measures around the Intercontinental Hotel where the ministers met. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said officials were investigating the incident.

“We are still collecting information and as soon as we have finished, we will inform citizens of more information,” he told reporters about an hour after the incident was broadcast.