SIU investigating 3-vehicle collision in North York Friday morning

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The province's police watchdog has invoked its mandate after a collision involving three vehicles in North York left six people injured.

Police say they received a call about a reported collision at 11:29 a.m. on Friday in the area of Keele Street and Sheppard Avenue West.

The collision resulted in serious injuries to two people and minor injuries to four others, the Special Investigations Unit said in a news release Friday night.

The SIU says a Toronto police officer was conducting radar in the area of Wilson Avenue and Keele Street at the time, when the officer observed a Mercedes-Benz SUV travelling at a "high rate of speed" northbound on Keele Street.

The officer then proceeded to follow the vehicle in an attempt to stop it, the report says.

Shortly after, the Mercedes-Benz collided with a Honda that had been travelling west on Sheppard Avenue West and a Hyundai that had been making a left turn from northbound Keele Street onto Sheppard Avenue West, it says.

A 23-year-old man from the Mercedes-Benz, as well as a woman from the Honda, were taken to hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

The SIU is a civilian oversight body that investigates reports of deaths, serious injury or sexual assault involving police.

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Emergency crews arrived on scene shortly after, along with Toronto Hydro.

An outage was caused by the collision which damaged a hydro pole, but power has since been restored.

Police also said one of the vehicles was on fire.

The SIU says three investigators, two forensic investigators and one collision reconstructionist have been assigned to the case at this time.

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