Police: Golden Gate Bridge crash during anti-vaccination rally was unintentional

California

People stand near a street sweeper and another vehicle that had crashed into a flashing traffic sign on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. The crash injured five people, including two California Highway Patrol officers who were stationed on the bridge as people gathered on the span to protest COVID-19 vaccine mandates. (Scott Strazzante/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A crash in which a vehicle struck two California Highway Patrol officers and a Golden Gate Bridge worker during an anti-vaccination mandate protest was not intentional, authorities said Friday.

The CHP officers and bridge workers were struck around 6 p.m. Thursday in a northbound traffic lane, CHP Officer Andrew Barclay. They were hit as they worked to keep several hundred demonstrators marching on the bridge from flowing into the roadway, he said.

“The collision was not intentional in any way,” Barclay said Friday.

He said the driver stayed at the scene and was cooperating with the investigation. The officers and the workers were treated at a hospital and released.

Authorities closed part of one lane, jamming traffic. The crash occurred during the jam when an SUV collided with a street sweeper, which was pushed into a line of CHP officers.

Several hundred people rallied at the bridge to oppose requirements in San Francisco, Los Angeles and other cities that mandate proof of vaccination for a range of workers, including police, firefighters and health care workers.

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