Fifth fatality reported from auction crash in Mass.

The crash at Lynnway Auto Auction led to five deaths and numerous injuries. Photo credit: WBZ-TV CBS BOSTON

The death toll from this month’s deadly auction crash rose to five as a 55-year-old man died from injuries sustained during the incident.

Ruben Espaillat of Methuen, Mass., died Saturday, 10 days following the crash at Lynnway Auto Auction in Billerica, near Boston. He died at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in nearby Burlington, where several victims were transported following the crash.

It was not immediately clear if Espaillat was a dealer visiting the auction or an employee. A spokeswoman for the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office declined a request for comment beyond its Saturday press release, while representatives for Lynnway could not be reached.

Espaillat is the second victim to die in the days following the crash, after the death of a 50-year-old Massachusetts man on May 10. Two others died at the scene on May 3, while one victim was pronounced dead later that day.

The district attorney’s office said the investigation into the crash, which also injured seven others, remains ongoing. It remains unclear what caused the 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which was being driven by an employee, to suddenly accelerate and hit several auction attendees before crashing through a cinderblock wall. An initial investigation ruled out the crash being intentional, police said.

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