HINGHAM — One person is dead after an SUV crashed into an Apple store in Hingham Monday morning, the Plymouth County District Attorney’s office confirmed. Seventeen people were injured, several with life-threatening injuries and injuries to limbs.
A criminal investigation has been opened against the driver of the Toyota 4Runner. District Attorney Timothy Cruz told reporters the driver, who has not been identified, was with police officers and was not hospitalized immediately after the crash.
“This morning was an unthinkable morning and people are trying to get through it and process what happened. This investigation is active and ongoing,” Cruz said.
The deceased man has been identified as 65-year-old Kevin Bradley of New Jersey.
Police responded to Derby Street around 10:45am on Monday.
“The Hingham Police Department and Hingham Fire Department responded, found several injured patients in front of the store and inside the store, including a few patients pinned to the wall by the vehicle,” said Hingham Fire Chief Steve Murphy.
More than a dozen ambulances arrived on the scene to transport the victims. Fourteen people were taken to South Shore Hospital and two were taken to Boston area hospitals. Another person walked into South Shore Hospital.
“The injuries were somewhat diverse, ranging from pretty severe head trauma to pretty decent lower extremity trauma, mutilated limbs, but it was pretty much the gamble. We had patients with confounding factors, including chronic medical conditions that made things a little more difficult than just the standard trauma patient without any other medical stuff going on as well,” explains a South Shore Hospital physician.
Hospital officials said given the time of day and day of the week, the hospital was well staffed and able to admit the victims quickly.
Video of the scene shows a large hole in the storefront glass and several people on stretchers.
Jason Stott works nearby and witnessed the event. “There are probably close to ten ambulances in the parking lot right now, along with a lot of fire engines and police vehicles,” he described shortly after the accident. “The parking lot was very, very busy, so I assume there were a lot of people in the store.”
He said he couldn’t see the car from his vantage point. “It must have gone all the way to the back of the store,” Stott said.
Another witness who spoke to WBZ-TV said she was in a nearby Barnes and Noble at the time. “I was just sitting next to the window and I heard a loud bang. It sounded like a lot of glass smashing,” she described. “It was scary because nobody knew what had just happened and what was going on. There were a lot of people running around.”
“I saw the car in the back of the store, so it looked like people were trapped there,” she continued.
An Apple spokesperson released a statement to WBZ-TV and said: “We are devastated by the shocking events on Apple Derby Street today and the tragic loss of a professional who was on site to support recent construction at the store. hearts go out to our team members and customers who have been injured and all those affected by this terrible incident. We are doing everything we can to support our team members and customers during this very difficult time.”
Hours later, the SUV was towed away.
It is unclear what preceded the crash.