VANCOUVER — A pedestrian has been killed after being run over and pinned under a vehicle on Granville Island, one of Vancouver's busiest tourist destinations, police say.
Spokesman Randy Fincham said an SUV drove into a building at around 12:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Two other pedestrians were also hit but suffered only minor injuries, he added.
"The driver remained at the scene and is co-operating with the police investigation,'' Fincham said in a news release. "The cause of the collision has yet to be determined.''
Update: VPD say woman killed in Granville Island crash was 23-year-old foreign student. Was pinned under SUV. pic.twitter.com/4OeG8pOooI
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Fatima Siddiqui, of B.C. Emergency Health Services, said no one had been taken to hospital in the two hours following the crash.
Jonathan Gormick, a spokesman for the Vancouver Fire Department, said the severity of the incident prompted a heavy response from emergency crews, which included two ambulances, two heavy rescue outfits, a fire engine and command staff.
A structural engineer from the City of Vancouver was inspecting a two-storey wood building to determine whether it's safe to enter, he said
Traffic in the are was heavily affected and Gormick recommended people avoid the area while police investigated the incident.
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The first stop should be the Public Market. Housed in one of the original factory buildings, the colourful aisles are full of fresh produce, meat, flowers, fishmongers, bakers, buskers and crafts. Families, hit the Kids’ Market with its specialty vendors and the Adventure Zone, a giant indoor play park.
Bring your appetite and nosh on something down at one of the many restaurants also located on the island, including its own brew pub, Granville Island Brewing.
The Island is also an artist hot spot, home to the Emily Carr University of Art + Design and several art galleries and artist studios.
As for getting to and from Granville Island, you can walk from downtown on the waterside paths, or hop aboard the Aquabus, the quaint ferries that chug through False Creek making eight stops along the way.