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Taxi crashes into pedestrians near Boston's Logan International Airport

Taxi hits pedestrians

BOSTON -- A taxi crashed into pedestrians Monday afternoon near Logan International Airport, injuring 10 people, CBS Boston reports.

Multiple law enforcement sources say the incident is being investigated as an accident, CBS News justice and homeland security correspondent Jeff Pegues reports. They confirm that there is no nexus to terrorism.

Massachusetts State Police said in a statement that 10 people suffered injuries of "varying severity" as a result of the crash. The injured were transported to Massachusetts General Hospital, Tufts Medical Center and other local hospitals.

The incident occurred at approximately 1:40 p.m. outside a building at Logan Airport, police said. Sources told CBS Boston a 56-year-old Cambridge cab driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a break area where other drivers were gathered.

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The scene where a taxi driver struck several pedestrians outside Logan International Airport on Mon., July 3, 2017.  CBS Boston

Maj. Frank McGinn said during a news conference that its too early to know the exact cause of accident, mechanical or otherwise. Those injured were cab drivers who were waiting for their next assignment, he said.

One victim at Massachusetts General Hospital has a very serious injury, three are in less serious condition but have significant injuries, and six others were less seriously hurt, McGinn said.

McGinn added that the cab driver had been cooperating with authorities since the incident occurred and is "known to be a very nice gentleman."

Police said that based on the preliminary investigation, there is no information that suggests the crash was intentional, but they have seized the vehicle for further investigation.

The cab pool was closed after the crash but had reopened by 3:30 p.m. Shortly before the crash, a Twitter account for the cab pool reported there were 300 taxis there.

Cab driver Jephtet Roseme told CBS Boston the driver indicated there was a mechanical failure with his vehicle. "Something unusual must have happened. The car was flying. He told me there was nothing he could do," Roseme said.

Abdias Pierre, another cab driver, said drivers play cards and dominoes at tables in the break area.

A spokeswoman for Massachusetts Port Authority, which owns the airport, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Sources tell CBS Boston a taxi driver lost control of the cab and crashed into other drivers.  CBS Boston
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