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At least 16 people injured after a man used stolen truck to target a Texas Department of Safety building

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John Wayne Ferguson
Houston Chronicle
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Apr. 12—Multiple people were seriously injured Friday afternoon when a stolen semi-truck crashed into the Department of Public Safety building in Brenham on Friday afternoon, according to the department.

Authorities said the crash appeared to be intentional, and said the driver of the truck had been arrested

In an 11:15 a.m. post on X, DPS said officials were heading to the scene, and asked people to stay away from the area. Washington County Sheriff Otto Hanak said it’s believed the crash was “a criminal act,” KHOU’s Cheryl Mercedes reported.

Hanak, in a text, wrote the DPS office included a drivers license office and highway patrol office, and then referred to DPS for more information,

Texas State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, who represents Brenham and Washington County, said in a statement that the crash “appears to be an intentional, criminal act,” citing information from law enforcement.

“This deliberate, heinous act is a reminder of the dangerous work done by our law enforcement and licensing agencies that work to provide public safety and services,” Kolkhorst said.

None of the DPS employees at the building were seriously injured, Kolkhorst said. One worker in the building was trapped for some time, she said.

Three people were flown from the scene by medical helicopters according to Bryan-College Station-area TV station KBTX. Three other people were taken to a hospital by ambulances, Kolkhorst said.

At 12:37 p.m., DPS announced that one person had been arrested in connection to the crash and that there were no further threats to the community.

The DPS office in Brenham in on U.S. 290. Brenham is about 75 miles northwest of downtown Houston.

More updates are expected to be released later this afternoon, according to DPS.

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