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Van strikes as many as 10 pedestrians at Yonge and Finch, police don’t know motive or cause of crash

Toronto police say that eight to 10 pedestrians have been struck by a white van on Yonge St., near Finch Ave.

The scene is from Finch to Sheppard Ave., a two-kilometre stretch of Yonge. At least eight ambulances have gone to Sunnybrook hospital.

The incident occurred around 1:30 p.m. Monday, police said.

Police said that a white van mounted the curb south of Finch and struck pedestrians walking along the sidewalk on Yonge.

There is no word yet on the extent of injuries. Reports indicate pedestrians were struck near the front of North York Civic Centre.

One witness told the Star that there were three victims near Mel Lastman Square.

One person on scene tweeted a photo of a white van on the sidewalk on Yonge, near Poyntz Ave., south of Sheppard Ave.

Police said both the van and the driver are in custody but don’t know the motive or cause of crash.

“Our hearts go out to anyone affected,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters in Ottawa.

“Obviously we’ll have more to say in the coming hours.”

A waiter at a nearby cafe says he saw several people injured, including a girl who he said appeared to be in serious condition.

Photos from the scene show paramedics treating several people on the sidewalk, where blood stains can be seen.

Police are advising the public to stay away from the area.

The TTC has shut down subway service on Line 1, between Sheppard and Finch Stations, due to the police investigation. There will not be any shuttle bus service.

The nearby Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts high school at Yonge and Sheppard is on a “hold and secure” while the police continue their investigation.

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