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Truck crashes at Conwell Park near demonstrations in Casper

(Trevor T. Trujillo, Oil City News)

UPDATE: Casper Police Department Public Information Officer Rebekah Ladd has provided updates in this incident. The story has been updated to reflect the new information.

CASPER, Wyo. — A truck crossed the median while heading along East Second Street and crashed into Conwell Park, according to reporters on scene.

Reporters describe hearing a loud scraping sound that caused the gathered crowd to quickly turn, as a truck went up and over the median and came to a rest in Conwell Park near a gazebo.

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The crash occurred around 4:00 pm Wednesday, June 3 as demonstrations surrounding the death of George Floyd continued. A Casper police officer was seen directing people to stay away from the vehicle.

Casper Police Department Public Information Officer Rebekah Ladd said that the vehicle had been carrying demonstrators in the bed when the crash occurred. She said that when the truck hit the sidewalk curb, some of the people in the bed were thrown around.

She added that three people in the vehicle were taken to Wyoming Medical Center for injuries they sustained. Due to the circumstances, Ladd said investigation into the crash is on-going and that citations have not been issued.

Ladd added that a Special Response Team was deployed after the crash since other officers were occupied responding to the crash. She expressed the department’s support for people’s First Amendment rights and that officers were working to ensure safety.

Demonstrators continued on after the crash. The Casper Youth for Change, who helped organize the march, stopped their participation at 12:55 pm. They discouraged others from continue the demonstrations.

NOTE: A previous version of this story said that the truck crashed into a tree in the park. The truck hit a curb of the sidewalk next to the park and came to a rest in the park, but did not hit a tree. The story has been updated to reflect this.

Trevor T. Trujillo, Oil City News