A pedestrian has been rushed to a trauma centre in life-threatening condition after being struck by a vehicle in North Toronto.

It happened in the eastbound lanes of Lawrence Avenue near Yonge Street shortly after 9:30 a.m. Paramedics say the victim was a male in his 60s.

Police later told CTV News Toronto that the victim was dragged by the car for about 35 meters.

“We believe he was crossing the intersection,” Sgt. Thomas Reimer. “We don’t know which direction, or whether he was in the cross walk or not. That’s something we’re looking into.”

Police initially said the pedestrian had suffered serious injuries but later downgraded those injuries to life-threatening.

Part of the intersection will be closed for "an extensive period" to allow for an investigation, police say. Officers reconstructed the accident, calculating the friction on the roadway leading up to the collision.

It's not yet known when the area will reopen.

Police say the 85-year-old driver remained at the scene, but officers have not determined whether charges will be laid.