One dead as SUV hits Apple store in US

A sports utility vehicle has crashed into an Apple retail store near Boston, killing one person and sending at least 16 others to hospital.

Aerial footage of the scene on Monday from Boston TV station WCVB-TV showed a gaping hole in a storefront window at an outdoor mall in Hingham, about 25 kilometres south of downtown Boston.

First responders could be seen tending to injured people on the footpath.

The black SUV came to rest at the back of the store and the driver had to be extricated from the vehicle, the station reported.

"You'd have to really be picking up speed to end up in the storage area at the back side of the Apple store," Frank O'Brien, who was visiting the Derby Street Shops shopping centre, told The Patriot Ledger newspaper.

The black SUV was travelling at an undetermined speed when it ploughed into the store within an hour of its opening and struck "multiple people," Plymouth District Attorney Timothy Cruz said at press conference.

Cruz said 16 people were sent to hospitals, and said an active investigation was underway. Authorities did not say if the driver was injured. No details were released about those with injuries.

The driver is currently with police officers, WCVB-TV reported citing Cruz.

The Hingham Police Department did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for more information.