Toronto (Agencies): At least nine people were killed and 16 others were injured after a white van struck a number of pedestrians in Toronto , police said.

Police confirmed that nine people are dead and 16 injured after a van mounted a sidewalk in north Toronto , crashing into pedestrians . A man said to be the driver of the van , is in custody.

Toronto Paramedic Services spokeswoman Kim McKinnon said personnel had treated an unknown number of injuries but declined to provide further detail. Bodies covered by blankets could be seen in the area.

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto says it has received seven patients from the scene.

Sunnybrook says its emergency department has been locked down as an added precaution, and the centre has activated its Hospital Emergency Operations Centre and is meeting currently to ensure beds are available for the injured.

Const. Caroline de Kloet did not provide details on the suspect’s identity or any charges that might be pending.

The incident took place near the intersections of Yonge Street and Finch Avenue East near 1.30 pm.