On Monday night just before 10 pm, a driver of a U-Haul truck crashed through security barriers near the White House in Washington, D.C. The collision occurred on the north side of Lafayette Square at 16th Street. The vehicle’s driver has been detained by the Secret Service and video has emerged of what appears to be a Nazi swastika flag being pulled from the truck.
🚨#UPDATE: The secret service has just pulled what appears to be a swastika flag from the cab of a U Haul truck that rammed the fence at Lafayette Square in front of the White House. pic.twitter.com/uLa8LxmvmG — R A W S A L E R T S (@rawsalerts) May 23, 2023
The Hay-Adams and Sofitel hotels were evacuated, while the St. Regis hotel was put on lockdown. Nearby BLM Plaza was also shut down.
The Secret Service put out a statement that there were no personnel injuries to any Secret Service or White House officials and that the cause and manner of the crash remain under investigation.
SECRET SERVICE STATEMENT on Lafayette Square incident. (ALT text added.) #FOX5DC pic.twitter.com/Awyv90P4t7 — Jim Lokay (@LokayFOX5) May 23, 2023