Car accident at the Apple Store: One person was killed and at least 19 injured after a car drove through the Massachusetts store



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One person was killed and at least 19 injured after a car drove through an Apple Store in Hingham, Massachusetts, the Plymouth County District Attorney’s office said on Monday.

Police have identified Kevin Bradley, 65, of New Jersey, as the man who died at the scene, according to a news release from the district attorney’s office. The DA’s office said the driver has not been identified at this time.

At about 10:45 a.m., prosecutor Tim Cruz said, several 911 calls for help were received at Derby Street Shops. Cruz added that Hingham police and firefighters responded shortly afterwards to find several injured people at the Apple Store.

“A dark-colored SUV, at an unspecified speed, appeared through … a glass window and hit several people,” Cruz said.

Responding units found “many injured patients in front of the store and in the store, including a few patients who had been pinned against a wall by the vehicle,” Hingham Fire Chief Steve Morby said during a news conference Monday.

Murphy said seven fire engines and 14 ambulances were on the scene to treat injured victims. The president was unable to provide updates on the circumstances of the victims. Cruz added that the authorities have not released the names of the injured victims at this time as they are working to notify family members.

The DA’s office told CNN in an email that South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, Massachusetts, was treating 17 patients from the crash as of Monday night. Two other injured people were initially transported to the South Shore to hospitals in Boston.

Dr William Tolfsen, who works on the South Shore and was on the scene after the accident to help triage patients, said the injuries included people with head trauma and mutilated limbs.

Tolfsen said he and other first responders used a nearby restaurant during the triage to keep people out of the cold.

South Shore Head of Trauma, Dr Christopher Burns, said they treat many patients with life-threatening, limb-threatening injuries. On Monday afternoon, Burns said some had surgery and others were still waiting.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston has admitted two patients who remain hospitalized, according to a hospital spokesperson. A hospital spokesperson told CNN by phone that Boston Medical Center has admitted three patients who remain in the hospital.

It’s unclear if Brigham and Women’s Center and Boston Medical Center include patients transferred to them in their total numbers.

Cruz said the investigation into the car crash is “active” and ongoing.

“As far as the operator of the vehicle, we’re looking at that. As far as the position of the vehicle, we’re looking into that,” Cruz said. According to Cruz, the driver of the vehicle has not been taken to a hospital.

“I understand he hasn’t been hospitalized yet,” Cruz said. “He is now with the police officers.”

When asked how many people might have been inside the Apple Store when the car accident occurred, Cruz indicated that this is the beginning of the holiday week.

“Obviously the Apple Store is a very busy place. It’s a Monday of the off week,” Cruz said. “So I don’t know exactly how many people are there — I’m sure we’ll find out.”

Hingham is located about 20 miles south of Boston.

According to its website, Apple’s Derby Street location in Hingham is currently closed.

We apologize for the inconvenience while this store is closed. “Until we can reopen again, please consider using our online services.”

Apple issued a statement on Monday saying, “Our thoughts are with our team members, our customers who were injured, and all those impacted by this terrible accident.”

“We are devastated by the shocking events at Apple Derby Street today and the tragic loss of a professional who was on site supporting recent construction work at the store,” the company’s statement read. “We are doing everything we can to support our team members and customers during this very difficult time.”

The Apple Store, with its large glass front, is tucked away in the back corner of Derby Street’s upscale department stores. The entrance to the store faces a large parking lot, which hundreds of visitors pass through every day.

The shopping district is especially busy during the holiday season, as the Apple Store and the surrounding restaurants and shops draw big crowds at this time of year.

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