Toronto Van Plows Along Sidewalk, Killing 9 in ‘Pure Carnage’
OTTAWA, Ontario — At least 10 people were killed and 15 were injured Monday when a man drove a white van onto the sidewalk along one of Toronto’s main thoroughfares, spreading carnage and fear through the country’s largest metropolis, authorities and witnesses said.
The van struck a man crossing Yonge Street before it jumped the curb near Mel Lastman Square and sped down the sidewalk at 40 mph, witnesses said, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.
The driver was taken into custody after a dramatic confrontation with police that was captured on video. “Shoot me in the head,” he yelled before he was detained.
It was one of the worst mass killings in the modern history of Canada.
“There were a lot of pedestrians out, a lot of witnesses out, enjoying the sunny afternoon,” said Peter Yuen, deputy chief of the Toronto police service. “I ask the city of Toronto to pray for our victims and to help the Toronto police service bring this matter to a successful conclusion.”
John Flengas, acting EMS supervisor for Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center, which said it received seven victims from the scene, told CTV News on Monday that “multiple people were injured, multiple people were deceased.”
桑尼布鲁克健康医学中心(Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center)称其从现场接收了七名受害者。周一当天，该中心代理急救服务主任约翰·弗伦加斯(John Flengas)告诉CTV新闻，“多人受伤，多人死亡。”
Flengas described the scene of the episode as “pure carnage” and said there were “victims everywhere.”
Images posted on social media appeared to show bodies lying on a broad, tree-lined sidewalk near a pedestrian plaza, and some of them appeared to have been covered with blankets.
Meaghan Gray, a spokeswoman for Toronto police, said authorities received a report at 1:30 p.m. Monday that a white van had mounted the curb near Yonge Street and Finch Avenue West. The driver was in custody roughly 90 minutes later, she said.
Stephan Powell, a spokesman for the Toronto Fire Department, said there were “numerous casualties” after pedestrians were “hit by vehicle at least two locations.”
多伦多消防局(Toronto Fire Department)的发言人史蒂芬·鲍威尔(Stephan Powell)说，“肇事车辆在至少两个地方撞倒”行人后，造成了“大量人员伤亡”。
Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, another police spokeswoman, said that authorities did not know “the cause or reason for the collision.”