6 Dead After Truck Collides With Anti-Trump Protesters On Freeway

A 32-year old man driving a Waldrum Brother’s delivery truck is responsible for the death of 6 Anti-Trump protesters that were blocking traffic while chanting “Dump Trump” in the middle of a Seattle freeway.

The accident occurred near an I-15 off-ramp today around 5:15 PM. According to witnesses, a crowd of approximately 16 individuals pulled their vehicles to the side of the freeway and created a barricade by linking their arms together.

The protester’s actions immediately hindered the flow of traffic and motorists became upset at what many of them viewed as an unwanted obstacle preventing them from getting home after a long day at work. A few of the protesters were seen holding signs that read – “Not My President” or “Love Trumps Hate” and all protesters were chanting – “Dump Trump”.

After dealing with angry motorist for about 5-minutes, the group of protesters moved aside to allow the backed-up vehicles to resume their commute. Once a steady-flow of traffic resumed, the group of protesters once again linked arms to create a barricade for a second time.

It was at this time when Richard L. Porter, a 32-year-old Seattle resident employed by Waldrum Brother’s (a local appliance store) as a delivery driver quickly approached the chain of Anti-Trump protesters. According to Porter, he was driving with the current flow of traffic (around 80-MPH) when the obstruction created by the protesters seemed to appear out of nowhere.

 

By the time the protesters were visible to Porter – he didn’t have enough time to fully stop and though he did slam on his breaks and attempted to swerve, he ultimately ran into the group of protesters with the side of his delivery truck.

Porter was estimated to have been traveling at a speed of approximately 45-MPH when he collided with the group of Anti-Trump protesters. Several of the protesters were able to get out of the delivery truck’s path, however, 6 protesters were not able to move quickly enough and were ultimately struck and run over by the vehicle.

According to police reports, four of the fatally wounded protesters were killed upon impact and the other two protesters passed-away at a nearby hospital within hours.

Porter claims that the incident was a devastating accident and that he did everything possible to avoid hitting the protesters, however, many of the surviving protesters see things differently. The remaining group of protesters have told reporters that they believe Porter intentionally ran over them with his vehicle because he disagreed with their political beliefs.

Porter has adamantly denied the allegation that he intentionally collided with the protesters because of a difference in political views and told an NBC affiliate reporter that he’s a democrat who voted for Hillary Clinton.

According to statements from the police -they’re currently investigating the incident as a potential homicide and at the advice of his attorney, Porter has declined to make any further comments to the media.

source:theseattletribune

7 thoughts on “6 Dead After Truck Collides With Anti-Trump Protesters On Freeway

  • January 6, 2017 at 2:34 pm
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    This truck driver is not responsible for the deaths, the protesters themselves caused their own deaths. Sad, but that is reality. We had a legal election in this country and these people just cannot accept the defeat of their gal Hillary. They were out in the street putting themselves at risk. Do not blame the truck driver who did attempt to stop for them. But I fear his life is ruined forever because of these idiotic actions of Trump haters.

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  • January 6, 2017 at 3:24 pm
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    Let me get this straight. In the middle of a highway, people link arms and make a human chain. WTF?! This was a matter of time…what did they think was going to happen? It was only a matter of time for a disaster THEY created would happen. There are safer ways to do things. They put themselves and other innocent people at risk. What a senseless stupid thing to do that ruined so many lives. Nice going idiots.

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  • January 6, 2017 at 5:18 pm
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    Duh. Maybe not such a good idea to block traffic? Cops are treating it as a homicide? Are they going to start doing this with road kills too? This is ridiculous and AVOIDABLE.

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  • January 7, 2017 at 5:23 am
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    Leave to hero cops to charge the driver. This is why people are.losing respect for cops.

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    • January 7, 2017 at 4:36 pm
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      Dont blame the oolice there are 6 deaths of course there has to be an investigation .. even if they the protesters put themselves in that dangerous pisition

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  • January 7, 2017 at 6:08 am
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    The police have a job to do and they did, now it will go through a judge an either ruled “not enough evidence that it was on purpose” or a justified homicide, or just a crazy accident, or maybe they will blame the protesters who purposely blocked the road for ” the second time” after they had clear off once so traffic could flow again, then regrouped and walked back out to block the flow of traffic. Sounds like suicide to me. I hope the truck driver gets cleared of any and all charges.

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  • January 7, 2017 at 9:17 pm
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    RIP, but it is a felony to obstruct a high way, chances are the truck driver will be cleared of felony charges, but the insurance companies will take a huge hit, with compensation. This was a stupid thing to do. If you want to do harm to Trump, Wall street is the place to protest. Shutting down traffic is not as dangerous, and more effective.

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