There are things that have certain dangers to them that people seemingly never think to pay attention to.
For example, the story that we have been told since we were little about trains needing a mile to stop so if you are in front of one you are the one that is going to have to move out of the way.
Added to that, the issue with protesting on the highway. There are some people that are out there on the road, not really paying attention to what is going on right now because they have to get something from one spot to the other.
They might be listening to their favorite podcast or radio station and not really in tune with what is going on with 5,000 people standing on the highway.
Plus, every time a truck driver sees something like these protests you can bet the name Reginald Denny comes through their head.
A semitrailer sped toward a crowd of people protesting the death of George Floyd on Sunday, video showed, in a harrowing series of events forcing the protesters to run for safety.
The driver was later identified by the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, as Bogdan Vechirko, according to Fox 9. Police said he’s being held on suspicion of assault.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety [DPS] had previously announced he was arrested and taken to Hennepin Healthcare with non-life threatening injuries.
Remarkably, DPS officials said it appeared none of the protesters was seriously injured.
Video of the incident showed the truck barreling toward the crowd of peaceful protesters assembled on both lanes of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis.
The Minnesota State Patrol said in a tweet that “disturbing actions” by Vechirko appeared deliberate, although it’s still unclear if that was the case.
Many of the protesters could be seen scrambling to get out of the way as the truck appeared to come to a stop.
As the truck stopped, the crowd dragged him from his vehicle and beat him, while protesters smashed its windshield, according to the Guardian. People reportedly threw their bicycles in front of the truck in an effort to slow it down.
Officials in Minneapolis and St. Paul had ordered the highway closed at 5 p.m. It was unclear how the semi managed to get on the highway.
Minneapolis’s WCCO-TV later aired additional footage of the incident. As the station’s anchors watched the video, they appeared shocked and were heard saying, “Oh my gosh, the speed at which that truck approached.”
Horrifying traffic cam video of a semi truck going full speed through crowds of protesters on the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis. pic.twitter.com/6D7HeTS07g
— Jason DeRusha (@DeRushaJ) May 31, 2020
DPS Commissioner John Harrington estimated about 5,000 to 6,000 people were on the bridge at the time the truck sped through, according to the station.