Three people were killed and several injured Wednesday when a jeep sped through a crowded automobile auction in a small Massachusetts town, authorities said.
The crash happened around 10:30 a.m. at LynnWay Auto Auction in Billerica, about 20 miles northwest of Boston, Fox affiliate WFXT-TV reported.
Marian Ryan, the Middlesex County district attorney, said one man and two women were killed when the vehicle “suddenly accelerated” and struck “numerous people” before crashing into a cinder block wall.
Ryan told reporters that 10 people were injured, two with life-threatening injuries.
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She said the preliminary investigation indicates the incident was a “tragic accident, ” though she stressed the probe is ongoing.
The Masssachusetts State Police said earlier that, “At this phase, there is no evidence or information to suggest the incident is a consequence of an intentional or terrorist act.”
Ryan did not release the name of the driver, a man in his 70 ‘s who she said is an employee at LynnWay Auto. Only employees, Ryan said, are permitted to drive vehicles at auto actions on site. The driver was not hospitalized after the incident.
Witnesses described insuring the vehicle “speeding up through the auction” and said it appeared to have been an accident.
“It reached the wall all the way to the end. Its a concrete wall. So many people are hurt, I have no idea, a witness told WBZ-TV.
Employee Woody Tuttle told WCVB-TV he heard tires squeaking and saw the vehicle ten-strike several people.
Tuttle told the station: “( The driver) avoided the cars and went on to hit the people who were standing between the cars.”
Images from Tv helicopters demonstrate a vehicle covered in debris that appears to have crashed through an exterior wall from inside the building.
Several ambulances were on the scene, and medics wheeled people out of the building on gurneys.
Fox News’ Cristina Corbin and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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