(WCCO) We're learning more information about that terrifying sight yesterday -- an 18-wheeled fuel-tanker speeding toward thousands of protesters on the 35W bridge. The driver, identified as Bogdan Vechirko of Otsego, is in custody.
His motives are not clear, but Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington says he may have panicked as he was already on 35W when the freeway was closed. The tanker was empty.
As protesters gathered on highway I-35 W in Minneapolis Sunday night, marking the sixth straight night of protests, the tanker truck drove through the crowd, shocking onlookers and participants in the otherwise peaceful display.
Gov. Tim Walz and Commissioner Snell both expressed their amazement and gratitude that the tanker truck didn’t hit any of the protestors on the highway.
Commissioner Snell said the truck must have gotten around the barricades where they were in the process of diverting traffic off the highway. There was no law enforcement presence close to the protestors, as they were remaining peaceful. Law enforcement found it prudent to leave the protesters with some space so as not to escalate tensions, Snell said.