Toronto death toll rises to nine; 16 injured

Toronto police say nine people are dead and 16 were injured after a van struck pedestrians in downtown Toronto.

Authorities say the white van hit the crowd of pedestrians.

Stephen Powell, district chief for Toronto Fire, confirmed that there have been multiple casualties.

A large presence of Toronto fire, police and EMS personnel are on the scene, Powell said.

The incident happened in the North York area at the intersection of Yonge Street and Finch Avenue, police said.

Powell said the suspect covered between a half-mile and a mile in the vehicle.

Yonge Street is one of the main thoroughfares in Toronto.

The driver is in custody.

The incident occurred Monday 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.

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