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Three Dead After SUV Barrels into Billerica Auto Auction

At least three people were killed and nine were hospitalized Wednesday after a Jeep Cherokee driven by a man in his 70s crashed through a crowd at the Lynnway Auto Auction building in Billerica, Massachusetts.

Detective Begin Investigating Scene of Billerica Accident

According to the Boston Globe, the State Police crash reconstruction team and State and Billerica detectives have already begun what they say will be a “fairly lengthy” investigation of the accident.

What is clear is that an elderly employee of the auction company accelerated through the entire length of the Lynnway Auto Action building, hitting several people before finally crashing into a wall. Two women and one man were killed in the crash.

Nine other people were hospitalized with various injuries, and at least one of those nine suffered life-threatening injuries.

More details will be released at the investigation progresses.

National Auto Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 35,092 people were killed in traffic accidents in 2015. This marks a 7.2-percent increase from the 32,744 deaths reported in 2014.
  • Of those killed in auto accidents in 2015:
    • 22,441 were occupants of passenger vehicles
    • 5,376 were pedestrians
    • 4,976 were motorcyclists (operators and passengers)
    • 818 were pedalcyclists
    • 667 were occupants of large trucks
    • 227 were listed as other or as unknown
  • An additional 2,443,000 people were injured in auto accidents in 2015.


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