Driver Detained After Truck Crashes Into Square Near White House

The Secret Service detained the driver of a box truck late Monday night after the vehicle crashed into security barriers along Lafayette Square, near the White House, the authorities said.

Anthony Guglielmi, a Secret Service spokesman, said a preliminary investigation had found that the driver “may have intentionally struck the security barriers.”

The crash occurred on the north side of Lafayette Square at 16th Street NW, which is about a block from the White House, shortly before 10 p.m., he said. He added that there were no injuries to White House or Secret Service personnel.

The authorities shut down streets for blocks around the White House as they completed an inspection of the truck, which Mr. Guglielmi said found nothing dangerous. A D.C. fire department spokesman said his agency was called in to help with the investigation, and local television stations broadcast images of a robot opening the back of the truck.

The Secret Service was conducting interviews to try to…

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This article was written by Chris Cameron and Eileen Sullivan and originally published on