Published: Thu, May 11, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

Vehicle accelerates during auto auction, killing at least 2

Vehicle accelerates during auto auction, killing at least 2

Two Rhode Island residents were among the three people killed Wednesday when an elderly employee at a Billerica auto auction plowed an SUV into a crowd of people, injuring nine others, authorities said.

Woody Tuttle, another witness who works at the auction house, described what happened to WCVB-TV from his point of view.

While the cause was not clear, the Massachusetts State Police said in a statement it appeared to be an accident.

"Preliminary investigation at the scene of the crash at Lynnway Auto Auctions in Billerica indicate that there are fatalities among the multiple victims".

This is a developing story.

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"I heard the auto when it when he went through the wall".

The Jeep was in line waiting to join the slow procession of cars when, for reasons that are not yet known, it suddenly accelerated, tearing through the building from one end to the other. "It's very bad to think that next year we might have three children remembering their mother who loved them so much, she died trying to afford them a birthday party". Well over 1,000 people were inside the building. She said the investigation into the cause of the crash was ongoing. That vehicle struck several people inside before crashing through a wall. Ambulances from several surrounding towns responded. The sad incident took away the lives of three people and left 11 injured.

The Lynnway Auto Auction, which is a dealer consignment auction, has been in business since 1997, but moved from Lynn to its current address in Billerica in 2011.

People were standing between the lanes when one vehicle suddenly took off, Mr Tuttle said. Three people were killed and nine more were injured, two of whom had injuries classified as life-threatening, according to the report.

The SUV crashed through a wall after striking bystanders inside the building.

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Ryan said the driver was waiting to enter the garage, which is laid out with alternating red lanes for vehicle travel and blue lanes where visitors can stand and watch.

Another employee said the driver was trying to avoid a row of cars inside the building.

The accident occurred at 10:13 a.m.at the Lynnway Auto Auction on Charter Way.

Images from TV helicopters showed a vehicle covered in debris.

"He hit people all the way along the auction and then hit the last two walls".

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