One of busiest arteries in Toronto (2.6 million inhabitants) has been scene of horror this Monday afternoon. A van has gone up sidewalk and has hit multiple people. Nine have died and 16 have been injured, police said. The reason for accident is unknown. The driver, who was hit by escape, has been detained. "We're just getting to know situation in Toronto. Our hearts are with all those affected. We will have more to know and say in next few hours, "said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in CTV network.
UPDATE 1:27 pm, police were called to Yonge Street and Finch Avenue East, for a collision. A Media Sgt from traffic services is on ir way to scene. Too early to confirm number of pedestrians struck or ir injuries. More to come. ^ GL— Toronto Police OPS (@TPSOperations) April 23, 2018
Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Security of Canada, has warned in a press conference that it would be "inappropriate to go into conjecture" regarding causes of incident. It has also stated that re is no evidence to raise level of risk in country.
Multiple pedestrians have been injured after being struck by a van in Toronto according to police. WATCH CTV News Channel: Https://t.co/bXKx3YYGBm Pic.twitter.com/JwU8QNw1CP— CTV Ottawa (@ctvottawa) 23 April 2018
The tragedy occurred in corner formed by Yonge Street and Finch Avenue, a busy area of city, most populous of Canada. "We ask people to avoid neighborhood for a few hours to facilitate work of police. It is important that people do not go down Young Street, "said Toronto Mayor John Tory.
The incident coincides with celebration in Toronto of G7 Foreign Ministers ' Summit (Germany, Canada, USA, France, United Kingdom, Italy and Japan), which is addressing, among or issues, fight against terrorism and extremism Jihadist.
Police have received notice at 13.37, local time. About eight ambulances have been directed to Sunnybrook Hospital, according to Toronto Star. Several witnesses have assured Globe and Mail that it had been an intentional act.
The vehicle is a rental van from Ryder company. The Sunnybrook hospital in Toronto has reported that it has received seven patients from area in which accident occurred, according to Reuters agency, although it has not specified wher y are injured or deceased. The Metro service has been interrupted between Sheppard-Yonge and Finch stations. Public bus lines are also not circulating in incident area.
The news has caused concern in Canada following attacks with vehicles to passers-by in European cities in recent months. There are also precedents in country: on September 30th, a man rammed four people in Edmonton. Hours before he had run over a policeman. Likewise, on October 20, 2014, a young man struck with his car two soldiers in Saint-Jean-on-Richelieu (Quebec).
The possibility that outrage will be deliberate, as some witnesses quoted by local press say, triggers alarms on terrorism. Jihadi extremism has used winding up of people on public roads as a weapon of terror in recent years. It took place in Nice and Berlin in 2016 and in Barcelona last August, among or tragedies.