(Rewrites after prosecutor's news conference updating injuries,
details of accident)
By Ian Simpson
May 3 Three people were killed and 10 hurt on
Wednesday when a car being readied for sale was accidentally
driven through a crowded auto auction in Billerica,
Massachusetts, a prosecutor said.
An employee of Lynnway Auto Auction was moving a 2006 Jeep
Grand Cherokee inside a warehouse when it barreled into a crowd
of bidders shortly after 10 a.m. (1400 GMT), Middlesex County
District Attorney Marian Ryan said.
Television aerial footage showed that the Jeep smashed
through the concrete wall of the warehouse, where several
hundred people had gathered for a weekly auction.
"The preliminary information that we have right now is that
it was a tragic accident," Ryan told a news conference.
She said the driver was a man in his 70s, but declined to
comment on media reports that he may have mistaken the brake and
A man and two women were killed, and 10 people were taken to
hospitals, Ryan said. Two people had life-threatening injuries
and eight were seriously hurt, she said.
Woody Tuttle, an auto auction employee, told ABC affiliate
WCVB-TV that people were standing between lanes of cars when the
Jeep raced through the auction building, which is the length of
a football field.
"I heard a screeching of tires, and, I believe, a Jeep
Cherokee went flying by me. In avoiding the cars, whoever was
driving this vehicle hit several people," Tuttle said.
Lynnway's website bills the company as the largest auto
auction in New England. A company Facebook posting just before
the crash showed a photo of vehicles and said that cars were
"lined up and ready for a beautiful Wednesday morning."
The Massachusetts State Police said in a statement, "There
is no evidence or information to suggest the incident was caused
by an intentional or terrorist act."
(Reporting by Ian Simpson; editing by Grant McCool)