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Source: Truck Incident With Protesters Looks Like Accident

Source: Truck Incident With Protesters Looks Like Accident

Monday, 01 June 2020 04:44 PM

The man who drove a tanker truck on I-35W in Minneapolis toward protesters Sunday night appeared to have done so accidentally, a law enforcement official who witnessed the event told Fox News.

Fox News' source, who was not authorized to speak on the record, said the driver, identified as Bogdan Vechirko, did not break through barriers and the road to the bridge was not cut off.

The source added the driver is also said to have tried to slow down immediately when he saw people and appeared to be shaken.

That is in contrast with the words of State Corrections Commissioner Paul Schnell, who said during an official briefing Monday the truck did go around a barrier.

The Minnesota State Patrol called in a tweet said Vechirko's "disturbing actions" looked to be deliberate.

The truck drove through thousands of people marching on the highway to protest the death of George Floyd on Sunday before protesters dragged the driver from the cab and beat him, according to a Reuters witness and authorities.

It did not appear any of the marchers were injured when the truck raced toward them on I-35, blowing its horn, sending protesters scattering before coming to a stop, according to the witness and a tweet by the Minnesota Department of Public Security (MNDPS).

Police arrived soon after and arrested the truck driver, who was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, MNDPS said.

Video of the incident shows protesters swarming the vehicle before it comes to a stop.

"The incident just underscores the volatile situation we have out there," Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz told a news conference.

It marked the second incident in as many days of a vehicle driving at people protesting Floyd's death after a New York City Police car was captured on video Saturday driving into a crowd of protesters who were pelting it with objects.

Video showed the truck had a logo on its side for "Kenan Advantage Group," an Ohio-based transportation company.

The company said in a statement it was informed of an incident involving one of its independent contractors in Minneapolis and it would be cooperating with investigating authorities.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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A law enforcement official who witnessed the man who drove a tanker truck on I-35W in Minneapolis toward protesters Sunday night said he did so accidentally, according to Fox News.
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