Man Crashes Dump Truck Into Gate at FBI Building in Pittsburgh
A dump truck driver intentionally crashed his vehicle into the front gate of an FBI building in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, an FBI spokesperson has confirmed.
FBI Supervisory Special Agent Greg Heeb told local news outlet WTAE-TV that the vehicle went airborne after impact.
One person, apparently the driver, was hospitalized after the crash on Pittsburgh’s South Side, CBS Pittsburgh reported.
The driver was “apparently driving erratically in the area” of the crash, running several red lights and possibly a stop sign, Heeb said.
As a result, Pittsburgh police tried to initiate a traffic stop. “He failed to stop immediately. They pulled him over eventually, close to our building,” Heeb said.
During the stop, the driver “indicated to the officer that he was intending to ram the gate,” the spokesperson said.
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“He did just that—put his truck back into gear, took off and went through the gate here at our headquarters,” Heeb added.
Officials are still attempting to determine the man’s motives. “We’re investigating it now with the Pittsburgh police,” Heeb told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
“The vehicle is registered in Ohio. We don’t know too much about him at this point,” Heeb said.
Authorities believe the driver might have been doing gardening or lawn care work in the area, according to CBS Pittsburgh.
FBI spokesman Bill Crowley told Local10 TV that the incident doesn’t appear to be a threat.
But, “we take all these things very seriously,” Heeb told WPXI-TV.
The man’s identity wasn’t released. The bomb squad was deployed to investigate the vehicle as a precaution.