At least one person was killed and 17 were hospitalized after a vehicle crashed into an Apple store in Hingham, Massachusetts, on Monday morning, police have confirmed.
Officials originally reported that 16 injured people had been taken for treatment, and hospital officials later clarified that an additional person had come to the emergency room on his own. Dr. William Tollefsen and Dr. Christopher Burns of South Shore Health said the patients suffered from “life-threatening and organ-threatening injuries.” Tollefsen, director of emergency medical services at the hospital, told reporters Monday afternoon that injuries included “quite severe head injuries” and trauma to the lower limbs.
Some of the victims were already suffering from chronic diseases, Tollefsen said, which complicates their approach to treatment. Several people are undergoing surgery and others are waiting for surgery later in the day. Some were taken from the hospital to nearby medical centers.
In a statement to CBS News, Apple identified the deceased victim as a “professional who was supporting recent construction at the store.”
“Our thoughts are with our team members and customers who were injured and affected by this terrible incident,” the company said. “We are doing everything we can to support our team members and customers during this difficult time.”
The District Attorney’s Office later identified The victim as Kevin Bradley, 65, of New Jersey.
Few details about the crash have been released, but District Attorney Tim Cruz told a news conference that a black SUV drove past the Apple Store’s street glass entrance at an undetermined speed. The driver has not been hospitalized and is “with police officers,” according to Cruz.
“An active criminal investigation is ongoing,” the district attorney said. “With regard to the operator of the motor vehicle, we are looking into that. With regard to the condition of the vehicle, we are looking into that.”
Cruz called the incident “absolutely unimaginable” and “absolutely tragic”. Detectives will be involved in the investigation of the murder.
The details of what caused the accident and how it happened are not yet known. Police responded to the accident at approximately 11 a.m. and coordinated with the Kingston Fire Department, who reported that crews were dispatched to a vehicle accident involving a commercial building in Hingham, according to which “multiple people were trapped”.,
In Monday’s news conference, Fire Chief Steve Murphy confirmed that employees reported injuries to people both inside and outside the Apple Store when emergency personnel arrived. Several people were pinned against a wall inside the store by the vehicle, Murphy said, adding that all those trapped were evacuated from the building shortly after the crash.
Two witnesses told CBS Boston that the car went through Apple’s entrance and went straight into the back of the store.
Photos and video footage that circulated online on Monday showed a large hole through the glass Apple storefront, and a firetruck standing outside still after stretchers to collect and transport the injured to an ambulance. Crews have been called in to evaluate the structural stability of the store, which is not yet a safety concern, Cruz said.
A spokeswoman for South Shore Hospital, located a few miles from Hingham, said in a statement to CBS News that staff had been notified of patients connected to a motor vehicle accident coming into that area.
The spokesperson added, “This morning we were notified by local public safety officials to expect patients from the scene of a motor vehicle accident in Hingham, Massachusetts. South Shore Hospital’s emergency department is currently in the process of receiving those patients.” I’m in.” , “We will keep you updated as more information becomes available. This is a fluid situation and we thank you for your patience.”