The U-Haul truck crashed into a security gate not far from the White House in Washington DC. Photo/twitter/Benjamin Berger
WASHINGTON – A suspect has been detained by the Secret Service of the United States (US) after crashing a U-Haul truck into a security gate not far from the White House in Washington DC.
Authorities are now reportedly investigating a suspicious package at the scene.
Took this photo of the White House and immediately heard a crash behind me.
Figured someone may have accidentally crashed until the U-Haul backed up and once again tried to break through the barriers.
Shoutout to the Secret Service Police for their quick response and action! pic.twitter.com/qIq3PbBJFj
— Benjamin Berger (@BenB005) May 23, 2023
The accident happened on the north side of Lafayette Square, which borders the White House, at around 10 p.m. local time Monday night, according to the Secret Service, which confirmed they had arrested one person.
“No one was injured by Secret Service or White House personnel and the cause and manner of the crash are still being investigated,” said Secret Service spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.
An eyewitness then took to Twitter to share footage taken when authorities arrested the driver of the U-Haul truck.
They said they initially thought the incident was an accident, “until the U-Haul backed up and once again attempted to breach the barrier.”