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UPDATE: Semi truck company responds to I-35W incident

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MINNEAPOLIS (KTTC) -- A semi truck drove into a crowd of people on Sunday during a peaceful protest near downtown Minneapolis calling for justice for George Floyd. Law enforcement closed the highway so demonstrators could march safely.

Bogdan Vechirko, has been identified as the driver. He is an independent contractor for Kenan Advantage Tanker Company. He is currently in custody at the Hennepin County Jail.

The Ohio based company spoke out about the incident in a press release Sunday night.

"Our hearts go out to all those who are grieving the events of this past week. We have been informed of an incident involving one of our independent contractors in Minneapolis, MN during recent protests," Kenan Advantage stated in a press release. "Our first and foremost concern is for the safety and security of the public, our employees and our customers."

The company said it will be cooperating with the investigation and says it will comment further once more information is available.

According to KARE, KTTC's sister station in the Twin Cities, a semi truck was seen on MnDOT traffic cameras driving into a crowd of protesters on I-35W at about 6 p.m.

According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, the driver suffered non life-threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital. He is under arrest. DPS said it does not appear any protesters were injured.

Angelo Bombay was among the protesters on the highway, he shared this video to social media.

  • Disclaimer, our KaMaria Braye's brother was in the midst as the driver drove through protesters, this is his first account experience.
Courtesy: Angelo Bombay

"We were on the 35 w bridge. Everything was going pretty peaceful until I looked up and I saw a semi charging towards everybody. Everybody started to run, and then I noticed people started throwing things at the semi to get it to come to a complete stop. So I really don't understand what was going through that driver's mind," Bombay said.

He said demonstrators forced the driver out the car and attacked him. However, Bombay included some people were protecting the driver.

"Once he slowed down people then jumped on the semi and pulled him out and started beating him up. But what's interesting is as people were beating him up, some other people realized how out of hand it was and started actually blocking him. So that shows the heart of the city. But this was just a really crazy experience," Bombay said

John Harrington, the Department of Public Safety Commissioner says The Minnesota State Patrol and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are investigating this case.

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