Taxi Runs Into Group of Cab Drivers Near Boston Airport

Injuries reported, crash is thought to have been accidental
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 3, 2017 1:33 PM CDT
Updated Jul 3, 2017 6:02 PM CDT
Taxi Hits Pedestrians Near Boston's Logan Airport
A firefighter works at the scene where a taxi driver struck a group of pedestrians, injuring several, Monday, July 3, 2017, in Boston.   (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

A taxi crashed into a group of cab drivers near Boston's airport on Monday, injuring 10 people in what police said appeared to be a "tragic accident," the AP reports. The 56-year-old driver's vehicle jumped a curb around 1:40pm, police said, and struck a group of people gathered at an outdoor break area for cabbies. The area, known as the cab pool, is where drivers wait until they are called to pick up passengers at various locations around Logan International Airport. A police official said it appears that the driver mistakenly pressed the gas pedal instead of the brake, and that it's believed to be a case of "operator error." The person was not authorized to comment on the record and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.

The crash briefly raised fears of terrorism akin to attacks in Britain and Nice, France. But Massachusetts state police Maj. Frank McGinn said there "does not appear at this time to be any indication of an intentional act, but more just a tragic accident." David Procopio, a spokesman for Massachusetts State Police, said that "at this preliminary point in the investigation, there is no information that suggests the crash was intentional." He said the cab has been seized for further investigation. The driver, from Cambridge, remained at the scene and cooperated with police. McGinn as well as Abdias Pierre, another cab driver, said those injured all appeared to be cabbies. He said drivers play cards and dominoes at tables in the break area. The injuries ranged from minor to severe, authorities said. Around 4pm, McGinn said one was in serious condition and three were in "less serious but significant" condition, while six had "less serious" injuries. (More Boston stories.)

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