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Vehicle accelerates during auto auction, killing at least 2

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Credit Angela Rowlings          Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan speaks yesterday at a news conference

Authorities said a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee suddenly sped forward and ran down customers at Lynnway Auto Auction, crashing into a wall.

At least nine people were hospitalized including a family member of one of the victims, according to police.

"The information we have right now suggests that this was a tragic accident", Ryan said on Wednesday.

Earlier Wednesday, Massachusetts State Police said there was no evidence the incident was intentional. "All evidence and information at this time suggests an accidental cause", the Massachusetts State Police tweeted.

"As the vehicle began to enter the building it suddenly accelerated", said Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan.

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There were hundreds of customers inside the building and some few hundreds outside the premises when the crash took place.

Fandunyan said he was two lanes over from the Jeep and walking out when he heard a boom. The vehicle struck several people in the crowd before crashing through a cinder block outer wall, law enforcement officials said in a press release. Kyazze thought a building had collapsed, but when they turned around, they saw a black Jeep that had crashed through a concrete wall.

In 2014, OSHA cited Lynnway Auto Auction for "serious" violations of workplace safety rules after an inspection found it "failed to require the use of traffic control devices while employees performed maintenance tasks among moving vehicles".

Although the cars generally don't travel more than five miles per hour, witnesses tell us the Jeep may have been going as fast as 20 miles per hour before it fatally struck three people standing near the safe lane.

In a statement posted on its website, Lynnway Auto Auction said: "We are shaken and deeply saddened by the unfortunate accident at Lynnway today". WCVB spoke to several witnesses who speculated the driver may have had a "medical episode" when he accelerated, though investigators have not commented on the driver.

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