TORONTO [PeterPaul.ca] — Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre received ten patients following an incident near Yonge and Finch on Monday afternoon involving a van which ran over multiple pedestrians near the busy intersection. At least nine people were confirmed dead at press time but the number of wounded is still unclear as the police tally of 16 has an additional six victims not taken to Sunnybrook, who received 10 victims in total.
Two patients arrived vital signs absent at Sunnybrook, the hospital said in a statement. “We currently have five people in critical condition, two in serious condition, one in fair condition,” the statement read. The hospital said members of the public concerned with loved ones could contact their Family Information and Support Centre at 416-480-4940.
One suspect has been arrested and the vehicle which was purportedly used to carry out the horrific attack has been located, police said. The male suspect was arrested without incident or any shots being fired by police. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said the national threat level would not be raised but all concerned law enforcement agencies were working together following the incident.
There are several road and transit closures at press time including Yonge Street both directions to Finch and the TTC’s Line 1 is closed between Sheppard and Finch stations due to the incident. Traffic downtown tonight will be busy with planned closures in the area of the Air Canada Centre and Rogers Centre.
Police said investigators would be on scene for the next few days so the best bet is to stay away. Both the RCMP and New York Police Department are monitoring the incident and in New York’s case, extra officers have been deployed to high-risk areas, the department said.
In May 2017, a car rammed pedestrians in New York’s Times Square, killing one and injuring another 22 others. Months later in August, pedestrians were again targeted in Barcelona, Spain, after another van ran the curb and killed one, wounding 32.