Skip to main content

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

The frightening scene unfolded just before 6 p.m.
Screen Shot 2020-05-31 at 5.51.01 PM

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.

Sign up for our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

Next Up

Nicholas Kraus

Man sentenced for fatally striking woman during Uptown protest

Nicholas Kraus, 36, of St. Paul drove into a protest in Uptown last year, killing Deona Marie Knajdek.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Fleeing suspect crashes into vehicle in Woodbury, 2 injured

The crash occurred Friday afternoon after a pursuit with Woodbury police.

Screen Shot 2022-11-26 at 2.34.44 PM

Yes, that's MN native Jenny Taft in a State Farm commercial

Jenny Taft got her broadcasting career started in Minneapolis in 2011.

crime scene tape - police tape

23-year-old woman critical after shooting in Plymouth

A 23-year-old woman was shot Friday night in Plymouth.

white Christmas

2 MN towns among most 'magical' winter locations in the country

The list was compiled by Trips Discover and published earlier this month.

Screen Shot 2022-11-26 at 8.27.12 AM

St. Olaf football player charged after fatal crash in Chicago

The 18-year-old is accused of speeding and going the wrong way when he crashed into a vehicle that may have been attempting to flee police.

Screen Shot 2022-11-26 at 7.41.18 AM

Woman 34 weeks pregnant injured by drunk driver in Cottage Grove

The 49-year-old suspected of DUI was booked into jail around 1:30 a.m. Saturday.


2 dead, 5 injured in Thanksgiving Day crash near Alexandria

The crash involved two people from Alexandria and five from Bloomington.

Screen Shot 2022-11-25 at 6.44.11 PM

Lengthy standoff in Prior Lake ends late Friday night

The suspect allegedly assaulted an officer outside Kwik Trip, fled and broke into a home.

snow - 12-10-21 - Joe Nelson - 5

Accumulating snow possible in Twin Cities next week

The storm system could arrive in the Tuesday-Wednesday timeframe.

Target store snow

With Black Friday barely underway, Target reveals Cyber Monday deals

Plans for the two-day sale were revealed Friday morning.

Screen Shot 2022-11-25 at 9.37.25 AM

Man waves replica assault weapon at drivers in downtown Minneapolis

The alarming incident was spotted by the new MPD chief, Brian O'Hara.


Screen Shot 2020-05-31 at 5.51.01 PM

Authorities say tanker truck driver was not trying to harm protesters

Gov. Walz said the driver feels lucky that he wasn't killed.

Screen Shot 2020-05-31 at 5.48.13 PM

Trucker who drove toward protesters on I-35W bridge charged with felony

The 35-year-old from Otsego is also facing a gross misdemeanor charge.

Body found in river under I-35W bridge ID'd as man from Albuquerque

The 38 year old's body was found last week in Minneapolis.

Bogdan Vechirko

Tanker truck driver released from custody pending further investigation

Bogdan Vechirko was arrested after the terrifying incident on I-35W Sunday.

Screen Shot 2020-05-29 at 9.32.57 PM

George Floyd: Protesters march on I-35W in Minneapolis

The protesters are blocking traffic heading south.

Screen Shot 2020-05-31 at 9.35.56 PM

Police surround protesters, arrest crowd of 150 in Minneapolis

The group was surrounded by a large group of officers.