Vehicle crash at auto auction leaves three dead in MA

   CARNAGE Scene of the crash

The Lynnway Auto Auction announced Thursday it will install safety barriers in its building, a day after a slow-moving SUV abruptly accelerated and drove into a crowd, killing three people and injuring nine others.

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

The third victim, previously identified by relatives, was 36-year-old Leezanda Aponte, a mother of three from Lowell.

As the investigation into a fatal crash at an auto auction in Billerica continues, witnesses praised the response from workers and first responders.

Authorities said a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee suddenly sped forward and ran down customers at Lynnway Auto Auction, crashing into a wall.

Three people were killed and nine injured in the crash, which remains under investigation. "All information says that it was an accident", - reads the statement of the police Department of MA. She was standing in a nearby lane when the accident happened, she said.

State police said there is no indication that it was an intentional or terrorist act.

A Jeep, driven by an auction employee in his 70s, was in one of the facility's eight lanes when it suddenly accelerated through the building, hitting a dozen people.

Massachusetts State Police reported earlier on Wednesday that the crash appeared to be accidental.

"I just hear the engine roaring, last second pulls me away, the mirror clipped my shoulder", said Sarraf. His name was not released because he has not been charged, said Meghan Kelly, a spokeswoman for the district attorney. "Everyone at Lynnway Auto Auction continues to be shocked and saddened at yesterday's events". Several people witnessed the incident, and one described it as "horrific".

The vehicle then went through the wall of the building, Tuttle said.

"You heard like this explosion or a bang, and all of a sudden, you could hear a pin drop", said Randy Miller of Onyx Preowned Vehicles.

Billerica is located about 24 miles northwest of Boston.



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