Nine people were hurt – including three with critical injuries – in a crash Tuesday night involving several pedestrians and vehicles in west London.
A spokesperson for Middlesex-London Paramedic Services said eight people were taken to hospital and one was assessed at the scene following the crash at about 6:45 p.m. on Riverside Drive west of Wonderland Road.
Their injuries ranged from “very critical to minor,” Miranda Bothwell said. Three of the patients had critical injuries, she said.
“There was one patient transported in cardiac arrest. We don’t know the outcome of that patient,” Bothwell said.
Few details about the crash have been released by London police, but a spokesperson said it was not a hit and run. All drivers involved in the crash remained at the scene, police said.
Late Tuesday night, police said the investigation was in its early stages, but there was nothing to indicate the crash was the result of an intentional act.
Multiple vehicles collided on Riverside west of Wonderland near an apartment building at 521 Riverside Dr., Const. Sandasha Bough, a spokesperson for London police, said at the scene.
The pedestrians were standing near the entrance to the apartment building when they were struck, she said.
“A number of pedestrians” suffered injuries ranging from minor to life-threatening and were taken by ambulance to hospital, Bough said.
Ten paramedic crews responded to the crash, Bothwell said.
Bough said the crash didn’t occur as a result of a police pursuit but didn’t comment if road conditions are believed to be a factor. Several centimetres of snow fell on the city overnight but major roads such as Riverside were clear by the evening.
Wonderland was closed between Springbank Drive and Kingsway Avenue and Riverside was closed between Braemar Crescent and Warren Road as the police investigation continues.
Police Chief Steve Williams urged drivers to avoid the area and for the public to avoid speculation about led to the crash.
“We must let the officers do their jobs. Our thoughts are (with) those injured & impacted. (Thank you) to all 1st responders,” he said in a tweet.
The number of pedestrians injured, and the response by emergency personnel, brought back memories of a hit-and-run crash June 6 on Hyde Park Road that killed four members of a London Muslim family and left a fifth with injuries.
A 20-year-old London man was charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder in the crash that police allege was motivated by hate.