First responders described a chaotic scene Monday after an SUV crashed through the window of a busy Apple store in Hingham, Massachusetts, killing one man and injuring at least 19 others, authorities say.
Emergency services responded to Derby Street Shops at 10:45 a.m. after numerous 911 calls, Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz said.
A dark-colored SUV sped through the store’s window at an unknown speed, hitting several people, Cruz said.
“Upon arrival, first responders found staff and other bystanders administering first aid to multiple victims in need of urgent assistance,” his office said in a release.
Hingham Fire Chief Steve Murphy said at a news conference Monday afternoon that responders “found injured patients outside the store and inside the store, including some patients who were pinned against the wall by the vehicle. Seven fire engines and 14 ambulances attended, he said.
Police identified Kevin Bradley, 65, of New Jersey, as having died at the scene, Cruz said.
He noted that the investigation into the crash was active and ongoing.
“In terms of the operator of the motor vehicle, we’re investigating. In terms of the status of the motor vehicle, we’re investigating,” Cruz said Monday afternoon. The driver of the vehicle has not yet been taken to the hospital, Cruz said: “He’s with the police right now.”
The first aider Dr. William Tollefsen of South Shore Hospital in Weymouth described using a restaurant near the Apple Store during triage to keep people out of the cold. The injured included people with head injuries and mutilated limbs, he said.
The head of South Shore’s trauma unit, Dr. Christopher Burns said the hospital was treating patients with life-threatening and limb-threatening injuries, some of whom were still awaiting surgery as of Monday afternoon.
South Shore Hospital was treating 17 patients from the crash Monday night, the prosecutors’ office told CNN in an email. Two other injured people who were originally taken to South Shore were taken to Boston hospitals.
The names of the injured will only be released after family members have been notified, officials said.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston said it admitted two patients, and Boston Medical Center told CNN it admitted three patients.
It’s unclear whether Brigham and Women’s and Boston Medical Center include patients referred to them in their numbers.
Apple released a statement Monday, saying, “Our hearts go out to our team members and customers who have been injured and to everyone affected by this horrific incident.”
“We are devastated by the shocking events at Apple Derby Street today and the tragic loss of a professional who was on site to assist with recent construction work at the store,” the company said in a statement. “We are doing everything we can to support our team members and customers during this very difficult time.”
According to the Apple website, the Derby Street location is currently closed.
“We apologize for the inconvenience while this store is closed,” the website reads. “Until we can reopen, please consider using our online services.”
The Apple Store, with its large glass front, sits in the back corner of upmarket Derby Street Shops. The entrance to the store faces a large parking lot through which hundreds of visitors pass each day.
The shopping district is particularly busy during the holiday season, as the Apple Store and surrounding restaurants and shops draw large crowds at this time of year.
Hingham is about 20 miles southeast of Boston.