HINGHAM — One person has died after an SUV crashed into an Apple Store in Hingham on Monday morning. Nineteen people were injured, several of them with life-threatening and limb-threatening injuries.
A criminal investigation has been opened against the driver of the Toyota 4Runner. Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz told reporters the driver, who has not been identified, was with police officers and was not immediately hospitalized after the crash. According tothe driver is a 53-year-old man from Massachusetts.
“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. An Apple spokesperson said Bradley “supported recent construction at the store.”
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. Nineteen people were taken to South Shore Hospital. Two of the patients were then transported to hospitals in Boston.
“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,” said South Shore Hospital Dr. William Tollefsen.
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 sitting just 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.
Kathleen Leombruno’s brother is the manager of the Apple Store. She arrived at the scene, even though her brother was not injured. “I am devastated for those people who are so hurt and for that one poor soul who is no longer here,” Leombruno said. “I’m so thankful it’s not my brother, but it doesn’t change the fact that all these people got hurt no matter how it happened.”
Hours later, the black Toyota 4Runner was towed away.
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.”
It is unclear what preceded the crash.