Video shows tanker truck speed towards protesters on I-35W bridge in Minneapolis

The frightening scene unfolded just before 6 p.m.
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Details are limited but police are on the scene of an incident involving a tanker truck and protesters on the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis. 

Cameras covering the massive demonstration, which was taking up all lanes of north and southbound I-35W going south, caught the moment protesters marching south in the northbound lanes fled as the driver of a tanker truck approached.

The camera clearly shows protesters scatter to the sides of the interstate as the semi came barreling towards them. 

The truck comes to a stop and then the door is opened by protesters. 

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says the truck driver was injured and taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

"He is under arrest," the DPS says. "It doesn’t appear any protesters were hit by the truck."

Just minutes after the incident, a trio of police vehicles were on the scene restoring order. 

DPS Commissioner John Harrington said that the tanker was already on I-35W when it shut down, and rejected the notion that authorities hadn't deployed enough resources to close the freeway.

Irrespective, he said that there was no excuse for the tanker proceeding at speed towards the protesters. He said his staff had remarked the incident had "shades of Charlottesville," when a protester was killed by a man driving a pickup truck into a crowd.

"The incident underscores the volatile situation we have, don't know motives of the driver at this time. At this point in time to not have tragedy and many deaths is an amazing thing," said Gov. Tim Walz.

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