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Boston taxi driver injures 10 after stepping on accelerator rather than brake by mistake

The incident has been attributed to ‘operator error’ with authorities saying it does not appear to be an intentional act.

Taxi Hits Pedestrians Source: Michael Dwyer

MASSACHUSETTS STATE POLICE say a crash that injured 10 pedestrians near Boston’s airport does not appear to be an intentional act.

A police official said the crash, which happened at about 6.40pm Irish time, is believed to be a case of “operator error” in which the driver stepped on the accelerator pedal instead of the brake.

The person was not authorised to comment on the record and spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Taxi Hits Pedestrians Source: AP

Taxi Hits Pedestrians Source: AP

The 56-year-old taxi driver’s vehicle struck the pedestrians in a taxi-queuing area this afternoon near Logan International Airport in East Boston. State police spokesman David Procopio says 10 people were injured, some seriously.

The white cab, with front-end damage, came to rest against a building.

Procopio says based on the preliminary investigation, “there is no information that suggests the crash was intentional”.

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