Auto strikes barrier, police cruiser near Library of Congress


A bomb disposal robot detonated a charge next to a suspicious vehicle that rammed into a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser near the Library of Congress building in Washington D.C. on Monday morning, and police are still investigating the scene. The crash occurred at approximately 11:45 a.m.

It was not immediately clear if the two events were related. Capitol Police warned there could be a loud noise as police "disrupt" the trunk of the vehicle. The incident was still ongoing shortly after 2 p.m.

The Capitol Police distributed an email calling the auto "suspicious" and announcing that they would "disrupt the vehicle's trunk" as a "precaution".

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"There is no evidence to indicate any nexus to terrorism at this time", Malecki said in a statement.

The vehicle was stopped after the collision at Independence and First Street, and the police bomb squad was apparently called. Authorities said a Capitol Police officer was slightly injured in the crash and also was taken to a hospital for treatment. The Library of Congress is the unmarked building next to the circle. The officer in the parked cruiser sustained minor injuries.

UPDATE 3:38 P.M.: This post was updated to reflect further information from the USCP.