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U-Haul crashes in Lafayette Square near the White House; driver detained


The Secret Service said a U-Haul truck crashed into security barriers around Lafayette Square, across the street from the White House, on Monday night. The driver of the truck was taken into custody.

The accident happened before 10 pm Secret Service spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted,

“There were no injuries to Secret Service or White House personnel, and the cause and manner of the accident are under investigation,” Guglielmi said. “Road closures are in effect and pedestrian walkways are closed as we investigate.”

Law enforcement officials can be seen inspecting the truck. Shortly after 11 p.m., the back section was opened and it appeared as if a robot was being used to find out if there was anything dangerous inside.

In a subsequent tweet, Guglielmi said, “The truck has been deemed safe by DC Police and a preliminary investigation suggests the driver may have intentionally hit the barriers”. “Charges will be filed by the United States Park Police with investigative support from the Secret Service.”

an audience told CBS Washington, DC affiliate WUSA-TV The U-Haul was trying to crash into the White House.

The driver was not immediately identified by authorities.

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