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Fort Bragg: Truck crashed through security gate arms at All American Freeway access point

Posted December 10, 2019 8:36 p.m. EST
Updated December 11, 2019 2:02 p.m. EST

— Fort Bragg officials are releasing more information about what happened Tuesday night when a truck slammed through the security gate arm at the All American Access Control Point.

Officials said on Tuesday in a Facebook post that the gate was closed to both inbound and outbound traffic "due to a security incident."

Officials said at around 6:20 p.m., the driver of a Dodge Ram 1500 could not provide proper identification to security at the gate.

Tom McCollum, a spokesperson at Fort Bragg, said the driver rammed into the gate and fled in a heavily damaged vehicle when security devices were activated.

"When he went through the first gate, which was heavy metal, he hit the security devices which activated other measures that popped up, and the vehicle was able to swing around and gain access to the southern lanes of All American Freeway," McCollum said.

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office located the abandoned truck at U.S. Highway 19 and N.C. Highway 295.

Around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Fort Bragg officials announced the gate was open again.

Two other incidents occurred at the All-American Access Control Point in March and July, forcing military leaders to close the gate. In March, a man with a Jordanian passport tried to gain access and was denied. His vehicle was searched when he started acting strange when officials approached it.

In July, a man without a valid ID tried to access the post. Officials said a police dog sniffed the vehicle and alerted military personnel of an explosive residue on a metal container inside. No explosives were found.

"While we do not know the intent of the individuals that attempted to penetrate one of our access control points we do know that the training of our Access Control Point guards and our countermeasures are effective," said Col Phillip Sounia, Fort Bragg's Garrison Commander.

The Department of the Army lists at least seven Access Control Points for Fort Bragg on its website. The All American Visitor Control Center is listed as an access point for visitor passes and other information. It is manned by officials with the Department of Army Civilians, Military Police and Augmentation Soldiers.

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