BILLERICA, Mass. - Two victims remain in critical condition at Lahey Hospital Thursday night as police continue investigating what caused a Jeep Cherokee to speed through an auto auction Wednesday.
Capt Bill Paskiewicz was assigned to a fire detail for Lynnway Auto Auction Wednesday, a shift he's worked numerous times. It's standard for the weekly auto auctions, which attract hundreds of people.
"It started out just like any other day," he told Boston 25 News.
He said when he heard the bang of the Jeep hitting the building wall, he began forcing his way through the crowds of running people.
"At first, we weren't a hundred percent sure what happened, people were yelling there was a car accident and as we ran over, we knew that there were numerous injuries, severe injuries," said Paskiewicz.
When he finally got to the scene, he says it was something he won't ever forget.
"We've all seen bad things and we've all had bad calls...To me, that's a very unique call, sometimes you only see that maybe once in your career," said Paskiewicz.
He radioed for help, and then began triaging; the number of people wounded was overwhelming and he knew that he and the four officers on detail weren't going to be able to help everybody. Fortunately, people in the crowd stepped forward.
"There was an off duty, or retired nurse that was there, there was a retired firefighter that was there that assisted patients until we could get enough help to come and treat them," said Paskiewicz
Within 40 minutes, all the victims were being treated at area hospitals.
District Attorney Marian Ryan said the investigation into what happened will be lengthy.
Lynnway Auto Auction released a statement Thursday afternoon, saying it was "shocked and saddened at yesterday's events. We will continue to hold the victims and their families in our prayers."
© 2019 Cox Media Group.