Published: Thu, May 11, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Three killed, 10 hurt in crash at MA auto auction

Three killed, 10 hurt in crash at MA auto auction

An auction employee in his seventies was behind the wheel of the 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee when it apparently lurched out of control and mowed people down at LynnWay Auto Auction in Billerica, about 32 kilometres (20 miles) north-west of Boston.

"The preliminary information we have right now suggests that this is a tragic accident", Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan told reporters.

"At the moment we have no facts or information indicating that the incident was intentional or an act of terrorism".

One man remains hospitalized with serious injuries.

"The inside of the building has travel lanes alternating with safe lanes, where people are able to stand and look at the cars as they come by", Ryan said, while preparing to make their bids.

"It was kind of chaos, but people there at the auction, they really started organizing everything immediately", said Eduard Fandunyan of Sevan Auto Group.

It's unclear whether the driver of the 2006 Jeep Cherokee was among those killed or among the nine others who were injured.

A man and two women succumbed to their injuries at the scene.

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The driver of the Jeep was alert and talking to police after the crash, officials said. One of the victims was identified by her family as Leezandra Aponte, 36, of Lowell, according to news reports.

The SUV crashed through a wall after striking bystanders inside the building. The driver was not hospitalized after the incident.

Doc Kagan, who regularly attends Lynnway Auto Auction, described the impact of the Billerica crash.

In a statement posted on its website, Lynnway Auto Auction said: "We are shaken and deeply saddened by the unfortunate accident at Lynnway today".

On Thursday, the auto auction company said it will increase safety precautions at the facility.

"Tuttle told the station: "(The driver) avoided the cars and went on to hit the people who were standing between the cars".

Four police officers and a firefighter were working a detail at the auction.

The investigation is ongoing, police said.

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