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Earlier today, the elderly driver of a Jeep drove his vehicle into the Lynnway Auto Auction near Boston, killing three and injuring 10, TV station WCVB reports. Witnesses describe the scene as something out of a horror film.

The station reports the man, said to be in his 70s, was piloting a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee in one of the Lynnway Auto Auction facility’s eight lanes when it accelerated into the building. An employee at the auction company described the out-of-control Jeep, saying:

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


Two women and one man were killed, and according to officials, of the 10 people hurt, two are facing life-threatening injuries while the remaining eight have “serious” injuries.

An attendee of the auction described to WCVB the horrific scene after the Jeep drove through the building at approximately 40 mph, saying:

We heard a bang or an explosion. It was almost like a bomb. The whole place just went silent...There were people just lying on the ground — a horrific, crazy, tragic situation.

While we don’t yet know the cause of this incident, police say that, in all likelihood, this was an accident:

At this point, there is no evidence or information to suggest the incident was caused by an intentional or terrorist act. All evidence and information at this time suggests an accidental cause.

More on this as we get it.

Sr. Technical Editor, Jalopnik. Always interested in hearing from auto engineers—email me. Cars: Willys CJ-2A ('48), Jeep J10 ('85), Jeep Cherokee ('79, '91, '92, '00), Jeep Grand Cherokee 5spd ('94).

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