HINGHAM, MASS. (WHDH) - One person was killed and more than a dozen others were injured after a vehicle smashed through a storefront at a shopping plaza in Hingham Monday morning.
A technical rescue involving multiple fire departments was needed on Derby Street sometime after 10 a.m. when the vehicle crashed into the Apple store at the Derby Street Shoppes.
Hingham Police said when first responders arrived soon after 911 calls came in at 10:45 a.m., they found store workers and bystanders rendering first aid to the 20 people injured in the crash. The victim killed was later identified as 65-year-old Kevin Bradley, of New Jersey.
By 11:30 a.m., multiple people could be seen on stretchers, being treated by EMS teams as crews established a scene, taping off a large section of the plaza.
“(There were) multiple patients injured out in front of the store and in the store, including a few patients that were pinned against the wall by the vehicle,” said Hingham Fire Chief Steve Murphy.
Officials said 17 of the victims injured in the crash were reportedly taken to South Shore Hospital for treatment while two others were taken to hospitals in Boston.
The driver was also reportedly trapped in the vehicle at one point, though details on his condition have not yet been released. The driver is believed to be a male in his early 50s and, as of 1 p.m., was reportedly at the Hingham Police Department headquarters, speaking with officers.
One witness told 7NEWS he had just stopped by the Apple store and went to the nearby Barnes & Noble when the crash happened. He said the vehicle, later described as an SUV, appeared to crash through the shop’s glass façade and ended up on the other end of the building, leaving at least two people at the storefront seriously injured.
He added that other witnesses told him the vehicle had allegedly sped down the parking lot leading up to the Apple store before crashing through the entrance. Others said a number of people had been pinned by the vehicle inside the store after the SUV crashed in.
Apple released a statement saying they “are devastated by the shocking events at Apple Derby Street today and the tragic loss of a professional who was onsite supporting recent construction at the store.”
The statement continued: “Our hearts go out to our team members and customers who were injured and all of those who were affected by this terrible incident. We are doing everything we can to support our team members and customers at this very difficult time.”
The Town of Hingham expressed “its deepest condolences and support to those affected by this tragedy,” according to a released statement. “As with others who have suffered loss or injury in recent times, the Town will help guide those who reach out for assistance. None of us is alone. We are a united Town.”
During a news conference following the crash, Plymouth District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz said a criminal investigation was underway, though further details could not be given.
Continuing coverage of the crash in Hingham can be found here.
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