Taxi hits pedestrians near Boston airport, at least 10 hurt

July 3 (Reuters) - A taxi plowed into a group of pedestrians near the taxi pool serving Boston's Logan International Airport on Monday, sending at least 10 people to hospitals with injuries, authorities said, adding that it appeared to be an accident.

"At this preliminary point in the investigation, there is no information that suggests the crash was intentional," the Massachusetts State Police said in a statement.

Local media, citing unnamed sources, said the taxi driver may have hit the gas instead of the brake pedal. Police said they were interviewing the driver, a 56-year-old man from Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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A Massachusetts State Police investigator works the scene where a taxi cab crashed into a group of bystanders, next to the cab drivers' non-denominational prayer building at the taxi pool at Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., July 3, 2017. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
BOSTON - JULY 3: Emergency personnel transport a victim from the scene where a cab jumped a curb striking several bystanders near the Logan International Airport taxi pool in Boston, MA, July 3, 2017. (Photo by Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - JULY 3: State troopers look over the scene where a cab jumped a curb striking several bystanders near the Logan International Airport taxi pool in Boston, MA, July 3, 2017. (Photo by Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Yellow tape surrounds the scene where a taxi cab crashed into a group of bystanders at the taxi pool at Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., July 3, 2017. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
A Massachusetts State Police officer walks past the scene where a taxi cab crashed into a group of bystanders at the taxi pool at Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., July 3, 2017. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
BOSTON - JULY 3: Emergency personnel looks over a victim at the scene where a cab jumped a curb striking several bystanders near the Logan International Airport taxi pool in Boston, MA, July 3, 2017. (Photo by Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - JULY 3: State troopers look over the scene where a cab jumped a curb striking several bystanders near the Logan International Airport taxi pool in Boston, MA, July 3, 2017. (Photo by Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Shoes and water bottles are on a table at the scene where a taxi cab crashed into a group of bystanders at the taxi pool at Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., July 3, 2017. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Yellow tape surrounds the scene where a taxi cab crashed into a group of bystanders at the taxi pool at Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., July 3, 2017. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
A Massachusetts State Police officer walks past the scene where a taxi cab crashed into a group of bystanders at the taxi pool at Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., July 3, 2017. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Yellow tape surrounds the scene where a taxi cab crashed into a group of bystanders at the taxi pool at Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., July 3, 2017. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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Boston police officers, as well as fire and emergency services personnel, were on the scene of the crash, which occurred in the city's East Boston section, the Massachusetts State Police said in a Twitter post.

"Preliminary reports indicate several pedestrians with injuries, varying severity," the police said.

At least 10 people were taken to hospitals after the crash, Boston Emergency Medical Services said in a Twitter message.

Video footage on CNN showed what appeared to be a taxi, with its front hood buckled, resting next to a building.

The people who were hit were on a patio next to the parking lot where dozens of taxis were parked, WCVB-TV reported.

(Reporting By Gina Cherelus in New York and Bernie Woodall in Detroit; Additional reporting by Daniel Wallis in New York, Tim Ahmann in Washington; Writing by Frank McGurty; Editing by Chris Reese and Jonathan Oatis)


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