Bodies seen on ground after van plows into crowd in Toronto; driver arreste

By Katherine Lam| Fox News

Toronto cops nabbed the suspected driver who plowed into a group of people on a crowded city street Monday afternoon, leaving several injured and the grim sight of what appeared to be bodies covered by sheets.

Police confirmed to Fox News the arrest of the suspect, which came just minutes after news of the incident broke.

Cops initially said eight to 10 people were hit near Yonge Street and Finch Avenue just before 1:30 p.m., but they later clarified it was too early to confirm the number of injuries.

After striking the pedestrians, the van fled the scene, CBC reported.

The extent of the injuries at the scene is unknown, however, photos from the site of the collision showed pedestrians attempting to help people on the ground and multiple bodies covered by sheets. 

A witness who identified himself as Nick said he was studying when he saw a truck “flash by” in the area. He said he “witnessed a few people pass away in front” of him as others screamed.

Jeremy Cohn@JeremyGlobalTV

Chaotic scene on Yonge St. Paramedics treating people everywhere. Some have been pronounced dead on scene.

1:06 PM - Apr 23, 2018

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“[The driver] was definitely in control of what he was doing…he knew what he was doing,” Nick told Global News.

Alex Shaker, who witnessed the incident, said the van was speeding down the street before it mounted the curb and plowed into people.

“He started going down on the sidewalk and crumbling down people one by one,” Shaker told CTV. “He just destroyed so many people’s lives. Every single thing that got in his way.”

A worker at a gym in a building next to the site of the incident told Fox News that employees were told to stay inside as first responders tended to the scene.

Photos from the scene in Toronto showed bodies in the ground.  (APTN)

Global News journalist Jeremy Cohn said there were “bodies all over” the street and some people had been pronounced dead.

“I’ve now walked up Yonge St from north of Sheppard to Finch. I have passed multiple dead bodies covered up, shoes and debris in the road. Witnesses tell me the white van appeared completely out of control,” Cohn tweeted.

"Ryder is aware of an incident involving a Ryder rental van striking pedestrians in Toronto on Monday April 23rd in the early afternoon," the rental company told Fox News. "We are saddened by this tragic event, and our deepest sympathies go out to those impacted. We take the safety and security of our entire fleet very seriously and we are cooperating fully with authorities."

Justin Trudeau@JustinTrudeau

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.

2:22 PM - Apr 23, 2018

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"Our thoughts are with all those affected by the terrible incident at Yonge and Finch in Toronto," Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted. "Thank you to the first responders working at the scene – we're monitoring the situation closely."

Subway trains in the area were suspended as police investigated the incident.

The incident occurred as Cabinet ministers from the G7 countries were gathered in Toronto to discuss a range of international issues in the run-up to the G7 meeting near Quebec City in June.

Fox News' Greg Norman, Shira Bush and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @bykatherinelam

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