Driver arrested after nine pedestrians injured by car in Montreal

Police investigators examine the wreckage after a driver plowed into nine people Wednesday, September 16, 2020 in Montreal. Police said the injuries were none life threatening and does not appear to have been deliberate. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

MONTREAL - Nine people, including two children, were injured after they were struck by a car in north-end Montreal Wednesday afternoon.

Montreal police said the driver hit a pedestrian at an intersection and fled the scene.

He then struck eight more pedestrians on a sidewalk several blocks away.

The driver, a 38-year-old man, was arrested at the scene and will be questioned by investigators.

"When we arrested him, he was confused," police spokesman Manuel Couture said. "We have no indication it was a planned act."

The driver was taken to hospital for a mental health evaluation, he said. There is no indication that drugs or alcohol were involved, but investigators will likely look into it.

The victims were transported to hospital with injuries ranging from minor to serious, and all of them are expected to survive, Couture said.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 16, 2020.

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