Tanker truck barrels toward crowd of thousands of protesters in Minneapolis

A tanker truck sped toward thousands of protesters in Minneapolis on Sunday in a shocking moment as demonstrations over the death of George Floyd continue to spread around the nation.

Local news outlets were broadcasting live from the protest on Minneapolis' I-35 highway, the sixth day of demonstrations following the man's death in police custody. In the footage, large crowds gathered on a bridge suddenly begin to part before a truck is seen barreling toward the group. It speeds through the crowd before coming to a stop on the highway.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported demonstrators then swarmed the vehicle and apparently pulled the driver from the cab of the truck.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety said it was disturbed by the footage and said the driver, who has not been identified, was arrested and taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The agency said it didn't appear any protesters had been hit by the truck.

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A tanker truck drives into thousands of protesters marching on 35W north bound highway during a protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. May 31, 2020. REUTERS/Eric Miller TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 31: A tanker truck drives into thousands of people on 35W North Bound highway during a protests over the death of George Floyd on Sunday, May 31, 2020, in Minneapolis, MN. Protests in the wake of the death of George Floyd while in police custody has erupted across the country. (Photo by Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 31: People react after a tanker truck drove into a crowd peacefully protesting the death of George Floyd on the I-35W bridge over the Mississippi River on May 31, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A large group of protesters had been marching over the bridge on both lanes before the truck drove into the crowd. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
People climb atop a tanker on Interstate 35W on Sunday, May 31, 2020, in Minneapolis. Thousands of people marching on a closed Minneapolis freeway over the death of George Floyd scattered ahead of an oncoming semitrailer in what authorities said appeared to be a deliberate move by the driver. The Minnesota State Patrol said they knew of no injuries from the incident. Some witnesses said a handful of people sought medical attention on their own, but authorities said they could not confirm that. (Jeff Wheeler/Star Tribune via AP)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 31: People react after a tanker truck drove into a crowd peacefully protesting the death of George Floyd on the I-35W bridge over the Mississippi River on May 31, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A large group of protesters had been marching over the bridge on both lanes before the truck drove into the crowd. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 31: Police detain a man believed to be the driver of a tanker truck which drove into a crowd peacefully protesting on the I-35W bridge over the Mississippi River on May 31, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A large group of protesters had been marching over the bridge on both lanes before a truck drove into the crowd. We cannot confirm the man is the driver. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
A bicycle lies on the highway after a tanker truck drove into hundreds of protesters marching on during a protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. May 31, 2020. REUTERS/Eric Miller
Police clear the area where a tanker truck rushed to a stop among protesters on an interstate Sunday, May 31, 2020, in Minneapolis. Protests continued following the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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"Very disturbing actions by a truck driver on I-35W, inciting a crowd of peaceful demonstrators," the department wrote on Twitter. "The truck driver was injured & taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He is under arrest. It doesn't appear any protesters were hit by the truck."

Officials said no one appeared to be injured following the incident. REUTERS/Eric Miller

Officials said they were investigating how the truck was able to get on the highway, which is currently closed. It's unclear what the driver's motives were, although The New York Times notes local police said the person was "inciting" peaceful protestors.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said the footage was "horrifying" in a news briefing later Sunday, saying it was amazing many people hadn't died during the incident.

"I don't know the motives of the driver at this time, but at this point in time, to not have tragedy and many deaths is simply an amazing thing," Walz said.

Authorities later urged demonstrators to clear the bridge, warning police may use tear gas to disperse those gathered if they don't go home before curfews set in.

The protest was the city's latest demonstration following Floyd's death while in police custody. The man died after Officer Derek Chauvin arrested him and pressed his knee into Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes. A shocking video of Floyd's arrest rocked the nation, leading to protests in cities around the U.S. and calls for dramatic police reform.

Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, and three other Minneapolis Police Department officers were fired for their roles in the incident.

- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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