A Massachusetts town is on high alert after multiple people died following a horrific crash where the driver appeared to be “deliberately” targeting a group of people.
Details are scarce, but the Daily Mail is reporting that at least three people have been killed at an auto auction in the northern suburbs of Boston. Witnesses at the scene said that a Jeep Cherokee appeared to be deliberately targeting the people crowded inside the building as it mowed them down before coming to a stop when it hit an interior wall.
Auction employee Woody Tuttle said he could hear “screeching” from the Jeep’s tires as it “went flying by me.” According to Tuttle, the Jeep “avoided the cars and went on to hit the people who were standing between the cars.”
However, the official narrative from Massachusetts State Police at this time is that the incident doesn’t appear to be “intentional,” which is odd given Tuttle’s eyewitness account.
“At this point, there is no evidence or information to suggest the incident was caused by an intentional or terrorist act,” Massachusetts State Police said in a press release, which also said “All evidence and information at this time suggests an accidental cause.”
More from the Daily Mail:
Cars were lined up on the auction block when the jeep suddenly accelerated and hit people standing inside the auction before crashing into the building, a witness said.
Images from TV helicopters show a vehicle covered in debris that appears to have crashed through an exterior wall from inside the building.
Several ambulances were on the scene, and medics wheeled people out of the building on gurneys.
Another eyewitness, Randy Miller, said that he believed the Jeep reached speeds of up to 40mph before crashing. Miller said it sounded like an “explosion” when Jeep finally hit the wall.
“It was almost like a bomb. The whole place just went silent,” Miller said. “There were people just lying on the ground — a horrific, crazy, tragic situation.”
So far, at least nine people have been reported as injured and another three killed. While police haven’t indicated either way, the incident is eerily similar to terror attacks carried out by the Islamic State in countries like Paris and Sweden, where terrorists will use a vehicle to plow people down and kill as many as possible.
Whether or not that’s the case in Massachusetts remains to be seen; however, the cause of the incident doesn’t make it any less tragic. Prayers for all involved.