Several Toronto pedestrians hit by white van that fled scene, police say

Police say a white van mounted a pavement and struck pedestrians before fleeing the scene.

The incident, which occurred just before 1:30 p.m., prompted police to shut down the area near the North York Civic Center, a municipal facility.

The driver of the van has since been found and arrested, though the Toronto Police have yet to share details about the identity or charges of the offender.

Toronto's Sunnybrook hospital confirmed it had received eight patients so far and has locked down its emergency centre as an "added precaution".

Authorities say the van apparently jumped the curb and hit the pedestrians.

"A witness", Phil Zullo, told Canadian Press that he saw police arresting a man who had been driving a Ryder rental truck and saw people "strewn all over the road" where the incident occurred. "I must have seen about five, six people being resuscitated by bystanders and by ambulance drivers".

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his sympathies for those involved.

It's unclear what is the extent of the injuries.

Israel's Foreign Ministry said that as far as it knew, no Israelis were injured in the incident. He said in a statement to reporters: "Our hearts go out to anyone effected".

"Our thoughts are with the victims and those affected", he said on Twitter. "We're obviously going to have more to learn and more to say in the coming hours". A worker at a gym in a building next to the site of the incident told Fox News that they were told to stay inside as first responders tend to the scene.