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DALTON, Ga. – Seven people were injured Friday when a driver lost control of a vehicle during a car auction in Georgia and struck several people gathered for the event, according to officials and WSB-TV.

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At least three people were taken to hospitals after the incident happened around 2 p.m., WSB reported. City officials reported that four people were hospitalized.

Authorities said that a driver appeared to have lost control of a car as it was being driven to the front of the auction area during the Mountain Moonshine Cruiz-In at the Dalton Convention Center, according to WSB. The car struck several people who were sitting or standing at the front of the auction area, officials said.


“Police officers inside the auction area were able to respond immediately, and one applied a tourniquet to one individual’s injuries,” Bruce Frazier, communications director for the City of Dalton, told WSB.

Officials told the news station that one person suffered injuries that appeared to be serious. They were taken to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Two other people were taken to Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton with injuries, WSB reported. City officials said in a statement that three people were taken to the hospital in Dalton.

It was not immediately clear what caused the driver to lose control of the car that struck spectators.

The incident happened during the Vicari Auction at the Mountain Moonshine Cruiz-In, according to a schedule of events. The event closed early following Friday’s crash.