Canada police investigate after 2 children critically injured

Two children struck by a woman walking across McArthur Avenue; one is struck outside the Ashbridge’s Bay neighbourhood, and another pedestrian hit by vehicle on Bellamy Road

Two children have been struck and critically injured by a woman walking across a busy west-end Toronto intersection.

At around 3.10pm on Wednesday, a woman was struck by an eastbound vehicle while she was walking across the intersection of McArthur Avenue and Josephson Avenue.

More than an hour later, a second child – believed to be an eight-year-old – was struck by a vehicle outside the Ashbridge’s Bay neighbourhood.

Canada’s national public safety agency has been notified and is investigating, but Toronto police spokesperson Mark Pugash says those accidents don’t appear to be related.

Pugash said in his Facebook post that one child has serious internal injuries, and the other was transported to hospital in serious condition.

He said there is no indication that drugs or alcohol were involved, but both victims remain in critical condition.

• If you have been affected by the events of Wednesday and have more information you can contact the Guardian’s safeguarding team on 020 8716 8116 or can contact our internal reporting and support lines.

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