Safety Precautions on Way After Jeep Drives Into Auction Crowd, Killing Three
Three people were killed and at least nine others injured on Wednesday when a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee suddenlyÂ accelerated into a crowd ofÂ customers at an auto auction in Billerica, Massachusetts, just north of Boston. Driven by a LynnWay Auto Auction employee, the SUVÂ impacted attendees and proceeded to crash through a concrete exterior wall.
Massachusetts State Police issued a tweet Friday, stating, “At this point, there is no evidence or information to suggest the incident was caused by an intentional or terrorist act. All evidence and information at this time suggests an accidental cause.”Â It is, however, continuing its investigation into what exactly caused the accident.Â
After the incident, local police and fire chiefsÂ issued a joint statementÂ describing the event as a mass casualty incident, citing response protocol. Law enforcement also released the names of the victims and indicated two other attendees remained in critical condition.
WCBV5 reportsÂ the auto auction company will increase safety precautions at the facility.
“We will be installing barriers, or ‘bollards,’ to help keep vehicles from veering out of their intended lane. Sturdy, vertical posts, bollards are frequently used on highways to control road traffic and will provide additional protection for our patrons and everyone working at the auction,” Lynnway Auto Auction President Jim Lamb said in a statement.
The employee behind the wheel, a man in his 70s, was not severely injured and was taken to hospital only as a precautionary measure.
[Images: WCBV Channel 5]
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May 5, 2017 at 09:27AM