A 1995 Volvo 960 plowed through the crowd at an Ellijay auto auction leaving 27 people injured.
The accident occurred at about 8:15 pm on Tuesday, February 17 at the Blue Ridge Auto Auction in Ellijay. The driver of the Volvo was bringing the car into the auction building to be auctioned when the car started accelerating. He claims that the gas pedal was stuck and the brakes broke loose. The car ran through a crowd of 30 to 40 people. People could not move fast enough to get out of the way.
The car was going about 50 mph when it made a hard left turn and ran into the side of the building.
There were about 100 people at the auction at that time. Twenty-seven people were injured. Six were flown to hospitals for treatment. Eight more were taken to Gilmer County area hospitals. Thirteen others were treated on the scene and released. One victim is in critical condition at Atlanta medical center. The rest are in stable condition.
The driver was not hurt. The accident is under investigation, but the police suspect vehicle malfunction.