March 20, 2016 10:59 am
Updated: March 20, 2016 10:18 pm

8 injured when SUV fleeing Toronto police crashes into UberX vehicle: SIU

WATCH ABOVE: 8 people were injured when an SUV that was being pursued by Toronto police crashed into an UberX vehicle.


Ontario’s police watchdog says an SUV was fleeing police when it crashed into an UberX vehicle in Toronto’s downtown core, sending eight people to hospital and leading to one arrest.

Special Investigations Unit spokesman Jason Gennaro said at least three people suffered serious injuries in the collision, which occurred around 3 a.m. Sunday.

He said the pursuit started when the suspect vehicle failed to stop for police near York Street and Bremner Boulevard.

It was heading north on Bay Street when it struck the second car, which was travelling westbound on Wellington Street and operating for ride-hailing service UberX, Gennaro said.

WATCH: Aftermath of downtown Toronto crash which sent eight people to hospital

The area remained closed early Sunday afternoon for the investigation.

Gennaro declined to say why police wanted the SUV stopped, citing the investigation, and said he was not sure how many people were in each vehicle.

No pedestrians or police officers were injured, he added.

Gennaro said at least one person has been arrested but couldn’t confirm any charges.

WATCH: Special Investigations Unit spokesman Jason Gennaro says at least three people were seriously injured in the crash after an SUV tried to escape police.

Witnesses are being asked to contact the SIU.

The watchdog has assigned eight investigators, two forensic investigators and one traffic reconstructionist to the case.

The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault.

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