Ontario's police watchdog is investigating after an attempted traffic stop ended in a rollover collision at a city-owned construction site overnight Wednesday.
Three people — a male teen, a female teen and a woman in her 20s — were hurt in the single-vehicle crash, according to Toronto paramedics. All three patients were taken to a trauma centre for treatment, one in life-threatening condition and the two others with serious injuries.
Emergency responders were called to the scene, near the intersection of Dundas Street W. and Lansdowne Avenue, around 2:45 a.m., paramedics said.
Just before then, Toronto police officers were on Lansdowne Avenue, south of Dundas Street, when they tried to stop a vehicle that had been reported stolen, according to a news release issued by the Special Investigations Unit.
The driver of the vehicle tried to flee from the officers, the release said, but the vehicle crashed into a city-owned construction site where the TTC is also doing streetcar track work.
The three occupants "managed to exit the vehicle before it went up in flames," the SIU release said.
Three investigators and two forensic investigators have been assigned to probe the incident, the release went on. One subject officer and three witness officers have been designated.
The SIU is urging anyone with information to come forward by calling 800-787-8529.
The SIU is an arms-length agency that probes any incidents in which a person is injured, dies or makes an allegation of sexual assault during an interaction with police.