YAPHANK, N.Y. (AP) – Twenty people were hurt when a sport utility vehicle veered out of control and damaged six other vehicles at a Long Island auction house Friday, police said. None of the injuries were believed to be life-threatening.

Adesa Inc. employee Louis Amelia, 78, was driving the 2003 Lincoln Navigator inside the auction house building just before 11 a.m. when he lost control of the SUV and wasn’t able to stop it, Suffolk County Police said in a news release.

Police said the SUV struck six other vehicles on display before hitting a wall. Even then, its wheels continued to spin, filling the building with smoke until it was turned off, police said.

Eighteen of the 20 injured people were taken to hospitals; two refused treatment.

Police said the cause of the accident was under investigation. The SUV was impounded for safety checks.

Adesa, based in Carmel, Ind., has more than 50 used-vehicle auctions and more than 25 salvage auctions in North America, according to the company’s Web site.


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