Capitol Police Detonate 'Suspicious Vehicle' After Crash With Police Cruiser

Elias Hubbard
July 18, 2017

- A U.S. Capitol Police officer and a suspect were injured after a vehicle crashed into a patrol cruiser near the Library of Congress on Monday.

By e-mail, police warned that people working in the Capitol may soon hear a loud bang or pop as they worked to "disrupt the vehicle's trunk". According to Fox News, there were reportedly two vehicles involved in the event.

Authorities said the suspect crashed a auto into the patrol cruiser and a barrier at Second Street and Independence Avenue SE at about 11:45 a.m.

Whether the first auto was connected to the incident or if the driver of the second vehicle was distracted remains unclear. The incident was still ongoing shortly after 2 p.m.

The USCP also preemptively announced several road closures, and directed "staff and other personnell ... to avoid this area until further notice".

A subsequent statement from the USCP said that "the vehicle was cleared with negative results".

The driver of the second vehicle, which crashed and is now under investigation, was taken to the hospital with an unspecified injury. The officer in the cruiser sustained minor injuries.

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