Large truck seen driving through crowd of protesters in Minneapolis

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A large truck was seen driving at full speed into a crowd of protesters Sunday on a bridge in Minneapolis, sending people running for safety.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety called it « very disturbing actions by a truck driver on I-35W, inciting a crowd of peaceful demonstrators. »

The truck driver was injured and is under arrest, the department said. It doesn’t appear any protesters were hit by the truck, according to the department.

The truck was swarmed and video from the scene showed someone on the hood as it moved.

Today I witnessed pure evil. Thousands and thousands of protestors were PEACEFULLY marching the streets to demand #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd and a gas truck came barreling through the crowd. Pray to whoever you pray to for us all. #BlackLivesMatterMinneapolis #blacklivesmatter pic.twitter.com/M4mjHROxD0

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz called the incident « horrifying » and said the truck driver had illegally entered the closed freeway. He was injured after being pulled from the vehicle, Walz said, and his motive was unknown.

Walz said officials don’t have any confirmed reports of other injuries. Social media suggested some could have been transported privately, but the public safety commissioner said they are not aware of any injured protesters being at local hospitals.

Just before 6 p.m. a crowd of pedestrian protesters gathered on an Interstate 35 highway bridge, and witnesses said the driver began spraying some sort of substance out of the vehicle.

Minneapolis police spread out across the highway blocking all lanes of traffic with their vehicles and state police worked to clear the bridge of protesters.

Minnesota Department of Public Safety Director John Harrington said there had been a crowd of around 5,000 to 6,000 protesters and they moved to the freeway.

The freeway was shut down to keep protesters safe, he said. The truck drove through at high speeds and was chased down by protesters and stopped. Harrington said at a news conference that he did not known how the driver was injured or whether he was attacked by some in the crowd.

From transportation camera footage, it appears the truck was on the freeway as it was being closed, Harrington said.

« But that does not in any way absolve the driver from driving through a crowd of people at speed, » Harrington said.

Very disturbing actions by a truck driver on I-35W, inciting a crowd of peaceful demonstrators. The truck driver was injured & taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He is under arrest. It doesn’t appear any protesters were hit by the truck. #MACCMN

The incident is under investigation. The governor said he wants the truck driver charged to the fullest extent possible.

« I don’t know what his intent was, » Harrison said. « But there’s just no way for me to see that as being anything other than one of the most dangerous things I have ever seen. »

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