May 20, 2018

'Not something we endorse:' Toronto police investigating dangling auto 'prank'

03 May 2018, 01:43 | Rufus Hill

The mysterious case of a dangling car in Toronto

Car dangling from Toronto overpass part of movie shoot: police

Some Toronto commuters noticed an odd sight this morning after apparent pranksters suspended a vehicle from a bridge.

Officers were called to the scene after receiving a report that a blue sedan was hanging from the Millwood Road bridge.

Initially, police said they believed the odd sight was part of an ongoing movie shoot but later said they could not find a permit to support that theory.

The Honda Civic, with its windows smashed and interior charred, was removed around 10 a.m., but there's still no information as to how the vehicle ended up twisting in the wind, police said.

Police and emergency services checked the area before they were able to determine they were able to cut the auto down safely and without incident.

In a news release issued at around 2 p.m. on Wednesday, police said that they believe the incident was intended as a prank.

"We thought it was an actual accident", one cyclist told CTV News Toronto.

Commenting on the situation on Wednesday morning, Mayor John Tory said he was "mystified" when he saw the auto dangling from the bridge on television this morning.

But when they were unable to locate a filming permit, they opened an investigation into "public mischief". "Fortunately the land that is right beneath that is not a neighborhood or another street, I think it's basically green space and the Don Valley".

He said the situation has left him "mystified".

Tory did not have any insight into who may be responsible for the stunt.

"You're always very puzzled as to how a vehicle would have got into that particular situation", Tory told the City News.

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