At least one killed after car crashes into Apple store in Hingham, Massachusetts
The 17 injured people were taken to hospitals by ambulance after the Black SUV smashed through the front window and plowed through the store, Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz said during a press conference.
Mr Cruz said the driver was a man that was in the presence of police officers after the crash. He added that he was unable to say at this time if prosecutorial action will be taken, but that there is an “active criminal investigation going on”.
Hingham Fire Chief Steve Murphy said that several people were pinned against the door at the back of the shop. He added that the structural integrity of the building was being evaluated but that were no concerns at the time of the press briefing.
Mr Cruz said that several 911 calls came in from the Derby Street shops at around 10.45am.
“A dark-colored SUV appears, went through at a rate of speed undetermined, through a … glass window and struck multiple people,” Mr Cruz told reporters.
News anchor notes how ‘terrifying’ crash was during ‘busy holiday shopping’ week
Reports from outside South Shore Hospital noted that there were at least eight people transported to hospitals in the Hingham area.
“You can imagine just how terrifying this was for families who are hearing of this, their family members likely… out at that Apple store doing some early holiday shopping, potentially, in what is expected to be a busy holiday shopping week in this area and across our state,” said 7News Boston’s Sam Bleiweis while standing outside of South Shore Hospital, ahead of a press conference slated for Monday afternoon.
Bleiweis also noted that it was still unclear how many people had been transported to South Shore Hospital specifically.
Oliver O’Connell21 November 2022 22:45
Criminal investigation underway
Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz says a criminal investigation is underway to determine how the crash occurred.
“This morning was an unthinkable morning, and people are trying to get through it and process what happened,” Mr Cruz said. “This investigation is active and ongoing.”
The driver was not hospitalised and is said to be in police custody.
No charges have been announced.
“I’m sure that we will find out once we have an opportunity to review all the documents and tapes, wherever it’s necessary to go forward from there and figure out exactly what happened … it’s absolutely unthinkable. It’s absolutely tragic,” Mr Cruz said.
Oliver O’Connell21 November 2022 22:15
Town expresses condolences
The Town of Hingham has released a statement expressing condolences and offering support to those affected by today’s crash.
Oliver O’Connell21 November 2022 21:50
In a news release from District Attorney Timothy Cruz’s office, the victim of today’s mass casualty incident has been identified as Kevin Bradley, 65, of New Jersey.
An earlier statement by Apple said he was a “professional who was onsite supporting recent construction at the store”.
Oliver O’Connell21 November 2022 21:39
Apple releases statement
Oliver O’Connell21 November 2022 21:20
Witnesses describe scene
“All of a sudden we hear this, I don’t want to say explosion but a bang, a very loud bang. So we jumped up from the table and we looked out the window and we could see the hole in the Apple Store. And she had seen a car go by so she was like ‘Oh my god that car just went through the Apple Store.’ And that was really It. honestly this is too much. I just want to go home. It was a lot,” one witness, who identified herself as “Ann,” told NBC10 Boston.
“We had just walked by the apple store to get our coffee and we decided to stop for a minute. We could’ve been walking back by… So my heart goes out to all the employees of apple and all the customers that were in that store because nobody should be dealing with this holiday week. Nobody,” she added.
“I was just walking to Whole Foods when I heard the explosion and I walked toward here just to check what happened,” another witness said. “And I saw like a big car… A lot of people were running. I guess someone called 911… I don’t understand how someone drives that fast around here. It’s crazy.”
Oliver O’Connell21 November 2022 20:50
SUV being towed from store
Oliver O’Connell21 November 2022 20:30
District Attorney Tim Cruz called it an “unthinkable morning” when he confirmed one person was killed in the incident.
Sixteen people were taken to hospital and another patient walked into South Shore Hospital where 14 of the other patients were taken.
Dr Christopher Burns, the hospital’s trauma director, told NBC News they had multiple patients with life-threatening or limb-threatening injuries and several are currently in surgery.
Fire officials said bystanders and off-duty hospital workers were among those who jumped in to help give emergency treatment in the immediate aftermath of the crash.
One woman improvised a tourniquet from a spare jacket.
Oliver O’Connell21 November 2022 20:10
Medical officials provide update on injured individuals after crash
Gustaf Kilander21 November 2022 19:55
‘People are trying to get through it and process what happened’
DA Tim Cruz said “this … was an unthinkable morning and people are trying to get through it and process what happened”.
“Really… absolute unthinkable event that occurred at that store when you’re just going there to buy a phone or get something fixed or whatever it may be, it’s absolutely unthinkable,” he added.
Gustaf Kilander21 November 2022 19:40