Witness to auto auction crash: ‘I thought a car blew up’

Witness to auto auction crash: ‘I thought a car blew up’

August 27, 2019 4 By Luis Garrison


WITNESSES, BECAUSE WE WANT TO TRANSLATE THIS INFORMATION TO OUR VIEWERS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.>>RICK MINARD IS ANOTHER WITNESS WHO JOINS US ON THE PHONE. WHERE WERE YOU WHEN THIS HAPPENED AND WHAT DID YOU SEE?>>I WAS ABOUT THREE TO FOUR LANES DOWN, ROUGHLY IN THE C LANE.>>WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST INDICATION THAT THIS AWFUL EVENT HAPPENED?>>HONESTLY, I THOUGHT A CAR BLEW UP. THERE WAS A REAL HIGH WINDING PITCH AND THEN YOU HEARD A CRASHING SOUND. OBVIOUSLY, EVERYONE TURNED AROUND AND STARTED HEADING OUTSIDE. YOU COULD SEE SOMETHING HAD GONE THROUGH THE WALL.>>YOUR THE SECOND WITNESS TO SAY THEY THOUGHT A CAR HAD EXPLODED, THERE WAS A DEAFENING BOOM, AND THAT PERSON DESCRIBED A SILENCE. CAN YOU EXPLAIN A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT WHAT CAME AFTER THAT SOUND AND WHAT YOU SAW?>>EVERYONE RAN TO THE OUTSIDE TO MAKE SURE HE IS ALL RIGHT, BUT OUT OF CURIOSITY TO SEE WHAT IS GOING ON. ONCE EVERYONE GOT OUTSIDE WE REALIZED THERE WAS PEOPLE DOWN AND HURT. THE PERSON IN THE JEEP WAS STILL IN THE JEEP AND PART OF THE BUILDING WAS ON TOP OF THAT. I WAS A LITTLE FURTHER OUT, 20 TO 40 FEET FROM THE DOOR. THERE WAS ANOTHER PERSON DOWN THAT I WAS CONCENTRATING ON MAKING SURE PEOPLE WOULD NOT STEP ON HIM. HE WAS DOWN AND BLEEDING ON THE GROUND. THE STAFF DID A GREAT WAY — DID A GREAT JOB OF CLEARING THE SITUATION. THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THEY DO EVERY DAY AND THEY DID A GREAT JOB.>>YOU DESCRIBE PEOPLE TRYING TO RUSH TO THE AID OF THAT DRIVER AND OTHER INJURED PEOPLE. OUR UNDERSTANDING IS THERE WAS THIS QUICK RESPONSE. COULD YOU TELL HOW THE FOLKS WERE DOING? OUR UNDERSTANDING IS THAT THREE PEOPLE WERE KILLED AND MORE THAN 12 HURT. DID YOU GET THAT INDICATION OF THAT NUMBER OF PEOPLE BEING SO BADLY HURT?>>I DID NOT KNOW THE NUMBER WAS THAT HIGH BUT OBVIOUSLY, I SAW THEM PUTTING SHEETS ON TOP OF PEOPLE. THERE WAS A LOT OF BLOOD. OBVIOUSLY, IT WAS AN ACCIDENT AND YOU NEVER LIKE TO SEE THAT STUFF HAPPEN. BUT YOU KNEW THAT THERE WAS SOMETHING GOING ON. THE LYNN WAY STAFF MADE ROOM FOR EMERGENCY CREWS.>>WERE YOU A DRIVER OF ONE OF THESE CARS OR THEY ARE TO PURCHASE?>>I WAS PURCHASING A CAR.>>TYPICALLY YOU ARE LOOKING CLOSELY AT THE CAR AND IT IS CONTROLLED CHAOS. YOU ARE SO BUSY FOCUSING ON THESE CARS YOU ARE BUYING. IS THERE ANY WAY ANY OF THESE PEOPLE WHO WERE HIT COULD HAVE SEEN WHAT WAS COMING?>>NO. WE WALK IN FRONT OF CARS COMING AT YOU ALL THE TIME. WE KNOW WHERE THEY SLOW DOWN ON THE BLOCK. THEY PULL UP, THEY STOP, BUT FROM WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE TO ME, AND I WAS THERE BUT DID NOT SEE EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED, BUT WHERE THE CAR WENT THROUGH IT APPEARED HE WAS TRYING TO AVOID SOMETHING BECAUSE HE COULD HAVE GONE LEFT TO GO OUT THE DOOR SO HE PULLED RIGHT TO AVOID SOMETHING.>>ANOTHER WITNESS THOUGHT THIS DRIVER WAS ATTEMPTING TO AVOID CARS AND STRUCK PEOPLE. YOU WERE NEAR AND SAW AT LEAST WHEN THAT VEHICLE WENT THROUGH THE WALL, FOLKS TRYING TO TEND TO THE DRIVER. WAS THIS A DRIVER YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH? IS THERE ANYTHING YOU CAN TELL US ABOUT THAT DRIVER?>>I DID NOT REALLY SEE THE DRIVER. I WAS FOCUSING ON THE GUY ON THE GROUND BECAUSE I IMAGINE, WHEN THAT CINDERBLOCK BROKE I IMAGINE IT EXPLODED AND HIT PEOPLE. THERE WAS A GUY 20 TO 40 PEOPLE FROM THE DOOR AND I IMAGINE HE GOT HIT AND KNOCKED THAT FAR. HE COULD HAVE BEEN HIT BY THE CINDERBLOCK WHEN IT EXPLODED. IT WAS A PRETTY SCARY SITUATION, REALLY.>>OBVIOUSLY A TERRIFYING SITUATION. DO YOU COME TO THESE AUCTIONS A LOT? TO GIVE OUR VIEWERS AN IDEA, DESCRIBED THE MOOD FROM A NORMAL DAY COMPARED TO TODAY. NORMALLY IT IS A VERY LIVELY SITUATION AND A VERY BUSY SITUATION, CORRECT?>>YES. THIS IS THE BUSIEST I HAVE EVER SEEN IT THERE. WHEN I PULLED IN THIS MORNING I HAD TO PARK FAR AWAY. IT IS PROBABLY A GOOD HALF A MILE HIKE FROM WHERE THE INCIDENT HAPPENED.