Girl Guides among pedestrians hit and injured in London, Ont., crash

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Members of the Girl Guides of Canada were among those injured when a car slammed into pedestrians in London, Ont., on Tuesday night, CBC News has confirmed. 

Eight people were taken to hospital, some with critical injuries, when a car drove through a busy intersection in the city’s southwest, hitting pedestrians before veering through traffic, jumping a curb and coming to rest against a tree. 

A spokesperson for Girl Guides of Canada confirmed to CBC News that its members were among the pedestrians involved in the collision. 

“Girl Guides of Canada is in contact with local volunteers to provide any support we can, and we will help London Police Service in any way possible in their investigation,” the spokesperson said.

There is no information about the age of the pedestrians struck. Girl Guides of Canada offers programming for children ages five to 14.  

Vehicles also struck

The collision happened around 6:45 p.m. ET Tuesday on Riverside Drive, west of Wonderland Road. At least one person was sent to hospital in cardiac arrest, with others suffering serious injuries, paramedics said.

Police said multiple vehicles were also struck.

London Police Service spokesperson Const. Sandasha Bough, who was at the scene Tuesday night, said the driver remained on site and there is nothing to indicate the incident was intentional.

Witnesses to the crash described a large vehicle travelling at a high speed heading west on Riverside Drive. Multiple people reported the vehicle running the red light at the intersection and crossing the median into McKillop Park on the south side of the street. 

“This guy didn’t stop at all,” said Carlos Telero, who was in his vehicle at the intersection. “I don’t know what happened. And he wasn’t driving slow.

“And right after this car, a cloud of parts and pieces. I was, like, shaking, and I was in shock.”

Tire tracks indicated the vehicle veered across traffic on Riverside Drive, before it jumped the curb into McKillop Park on the south side of the street. (Kate Dubinski/CBC)

Other people said they heard the crash and immediately rushed to the scene, where emergency vehicles were arriving in great numbers. 

“We were sitting down for dinner, then we heard a crash,” said a man who lives across the road from McKillop Park on Riverside Drive. “That’s when we heard some people screaming and then called 911. And then from that point on, it was pretty much just ambulances showing up for the next probably 30 or so minutes.”

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The day after a crash that injured multiple pedestrians, some signs of the incident remain, including tire tracks. London Police reopened Riverside Drive approximately 12 hours after the crash. (Andrew Lupton/CBC)

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