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Multiple injuries reported after SUV drives into crowd at US car auction

The incident happened at an auction north of Boston at about 10.30am local time this morning.

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A NUMBER OF injuries have been reported after a people-carrier drove into a crowd at a car auction near Boston in the US.

Local reports indicate that several people have been injured in the incident which saw the jeep speed through the auction in Billerica, north of Boston, in the state of Massachusetts.

“It hit the wall all the way to the end. It’s a concrete wall. So many people are hurt, I have no idea,” one witness told local TV station WBZ-TV.

Early reports indicate that the incident may have been an accident.

Reports from locals who were present suggest that the driver may have been an elderly man.

Woody Tuttle, an auto auction employee who saw the crash, told WCVB-TV that the building has eight lanes in which vehicles on the auction block line up. People were standing between the lanes when one vehicle suddenly took off, Tuttle said.

“I heard a screeching of tires, and, I believe, a Jeep Cherokee went flying by me,” he told the station. “In avoiding the cars, whoever was driving this vehicle hit several people.”

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

“(The driver) avoided the cars, and went on to hit the people who were standing between the cars,” Tuttle told WCVB-TV.

Images from TV helicopters show a vehicle covered in debris. Medics wheeled people out of the building on gurneys.

A state police spokesman says the agency was assisting in the investigation. No one with the Billerica police was immediately available for comment.

With AP

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