ELLIJAY, Ga., Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Authorities in Gilmer County, Ga., said 27 people were hurt at an auto auction when a vehicle crashed into attendees as it entered a building.
Sheriff's department spokesman Lt. Frank Copeland said Tuesday's accident occurred as a Volvo 960 was being driven into a Blue Ridge Auto Auction building so it could be auctioned off, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Wednesday.
Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright said of the 27 people hurt in the incident, 14 were hospitalized for injuries and 13 received medical treatment at the scene.
Copeland said as the vehicle was entering the building, it suddenly sped up and crashed into a crowd.
"I think it was probably an accident more than likely," Copeland told the Journal-Constitution. "As far as I know it was not a malicious act of any kind."
Sheriff Stacy Nicholson said the individual driving the vehicle was not seriously hurt in the crash.