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Updated January 9th, 2024 at 08:38 IST

WATCH: Car Crashes into Gate Outside White House, One Person Arrested

One person was arrested after a vehicle crashed into the exterior gates of the White House complex on Monday.

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Washington DC: One person was arrested after a vehicle crashed into the exterior gates of the White House complex on Monday. The Secret Service Confirmed that the incident occurred shortly before 6:00 PM (local time) and the driver was taken into custody. The authorities assured that the driver was taken into custody soon after and the matter is currently under investigation. The visuals of the car crashing into the gate circulated online. In one of the videos that are going around, the authorities can be seen investigating the car that crashed into the American presidential residence with the area being completely cordoned off.   

“Shortly before 6 PM, a vehicle collided with an exterior gate on the White House complex,” Anthony Guglielmi, a Secret Service spokesman wrote on X, formally known as Twitter. “The driver has been taken into custody & we are investigating the cause & manner of the collision. Expect traffic implications at 15th Street & Pennsylvania Ave & adjacent intersections,” he furthered. 

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In a subsequent tweet at 7:30 pm local time, Guglielmi said that the vehicle had been cleared from the scene and the closures would be lifted for the area. The White House fences were upgraded in recent years. 

“UPDATE: The vehicle has been cleared by the Washington DC Police Department and traffic closures will be lifted. The driver remains in custody and our investigation continues. Special thanks to  @DCPoliceDept @dcfireems for your unwavering support and partnership,” Guglielmi averred. According to NBC News, in 2021, the National Park Service built a 13-foot fence with wider and stronger posts to try to deter jumpers from climbing over it.

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Published January 9th, 2024 at 08:38 IST

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