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Billerica Auto Auction Site Where 5 Died Fined $267,000



    Driver in Deadly Lynnway Auto Auction Crash Speaks

    The driver of a car that crashed into a building at the Lynnway Auto Auction in Billerica, Massachusetts speaks for the first time since the fatal accident. (Published Friday, May 5, 2017)

    A federal worker's safety agency is recommending $267,081 in penalties for a Massachusetts auto auction house where five people died when a vehicle suddenly accelerated into a crowd.

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, announced Thursday it was citing Lynnway Auto Auction in Billerica for a range of infractions, including blocked exit routes, electrical hazards and record-keeping deficiencies.

    The OSHA inspection came after a Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by a Lynnway employee apparently lurched out of control and crashed through a wall on May 3, killing two Rhode Island residents, three Massachusetts residents and injuring seven others.

    Lynnway Auto President Jim Lamb said Thursday the "majority" of the infractions were "unrelated" to that accident and are being resolved.

    The company has also installed fixed bollards to serve as barriers and taken other safety measures. 

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