A semi-truck drove into a large group of protesters on Interstate 35W in Minneapolis late Sunday afternoon, but it state police said it appeared the crowd successfully got out of the way and no one was injured.
Estimates of about 1,500 people were peacefully marching on the bridge when the truck came through, and a Minnesota Department of Transportation camera showed the protesters suddenly scattering before the truck came into view, KTSP reported.
Some protesters swarmed the truck after it came to a halt on the bridge crossing the Mississippi River. The state Department of Public Safety (DPS) said the driver was injured and was taken into custody.
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Dramatic video shot from the highway appeared to show that protesters had broken out the truck’s front windows. In one video, as some people work at breaking into the truck, another yells, “You cannot hurt him! It defeats our purpose!”
When protesters drag the driver out, the man holding the cell phone camera again shouts, “Stop!” and appears to place himself between angry protesters and the driver. Others join him in trying to protect the driver.
🇺🇸#EEUU 🚨#ÚLTIMAHORA | Más imágenes del momento en que un camión cisterna pasó a gran velocidad por La Autopista Interestatal 35w en #Minneapolis mientras había decenas de personas manifestándose en la vía. pic.twitter.com/SiJn39OE1P
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When police arrived, they used pepper spray to move those who remained nearby away from the truck. DPS said the driver was taken to a hospital and did not have life-threatening injuries.
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
— MnDPS_DPS (@MnDPS_DPS) May 31, 2020
Both sides of the highway were full of people at the time, and the governor had ordered the interstate shut down nearly an hour earlier.
The truck was a tanker from Kenan Advantage Group in Canton, Ohio. It wasn’t immediately clear what it was carrying. Kenan Advantage specializes in fuels, chemicals, and gases.
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[Featured image: Screenshot from KTSP/MnDOT video]