BILLERICA (CBS) – A day after three people were killed when a car sped through a crowded automobile auction, the Billerica town manager is sending condolences to victims and thanking first responders for their rescue efforts.
Wednesday morning a Jeep Grand Cherokee sped through a crowd of hundreds at Lynnway Auto Auction.
Three people were killed and nine injured in the crash. Eight of the victims were treated and released.
Billerica Fire Capt. Bill Paskiewicz was at the auction at the time.
“It was chaotic,” Paskiewicz said. “People were yelling and screaming. It was hard to determine how many were injured, who was injured.”
A 55-year-old man remains hospitalized with serious injuries.
“The town extends its deepest sympathies to the victims’ families and the Lynnway Auto family,” said Town Manager John Curran. “We are also grateful to the mutual aid response from our neighboring communities and private paramedic companies.”
Investigators do not believe the driver intentionally drove through the crowd. They are working to determine if mechanical failure or a medical issue was behind the crash.
“All public safety personnel performed admirably in what was one of the worst mass causality events in recent local history,” said Curran.