3 killed, 13 hurt after SUV speeds through car auction

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Three people were killed and more than a dozen others were injured when a Jeep Cherokee crashed through a car auction in Billerica. 

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BILLERICA, Mass. — Three people were killed and more than a dozen others were seriously hurt when a Jeep Cherokee sped through a crowded car auction Wednesday morning, CBS Boston reports

The crash unfolded just after 10 a.m. at Lynnway Auto Auction in Billerica. The Jeep subsequently became lodged into the building wall next to a garage door. The driver was transported to a hospital by ambulance.

Paramedics say at least 13 people sustained injuries during the crash. An update on their conditions were not immediately known. 

The identities of the three victims who died are being withheld pending family notification. 

Detectives do not believe the crash was intentional. 

A witness at the scene, who only identified himself as Geraldo, told CBS Boston he was inside of the building when the crash occurred. He said he saw a vehicle “speeding up through the auction,” but it appeared to have been an accident. 

“It hit the wall all the way to the end,” Geraldo explained. “Its a concrete wall. So many people are hurt. It happened so quick and it was so much damage because there are just so many people.”

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More than a dozen people were transported to a hospital after a Jeep Cherokee crashed through a car auction.

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Car dealer Wissam Merhab said he believes the gas got stuck in the Jeep, causing it to speed through the crowd. 

An employee at the auction house said another worker was moving the Jeep when he lost control. The employee and another witness both said the driver appeared to be an elderly man. 

The cause of the collision remains under investigation. 

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Source: CBS News – United States

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