1 person dead, multiple injured after stolen 18-wheeler crashes into Texas DPS office

By Ehren Wynder

April 12 (UPI) -- One person is dead and at least 13 are injured after a stolen 18-wheeler crashed into a Texas Department of Public Safety building Friday, authorities said.

Police arrested a 42-year-old suspect who they say had been denied a commercial drivers license.


One person was confirmed dead in the incident that took place at the Brenham DPS office. Earlier in the afternoon, the department said there were reports of "multiple serious injuries" at the office. Brenham is northwest of Houston.

Officials at a press conference said multiple people were injured. Three were flown to the hospital in critical condition.

Two people were taken by ambulance to the hospital in stable condition. Others were treated on the scene for minor injuries.

Police arrested 42-year-old Clenard Parker, who they said is the driver of the reportedly stolen vehicle. He was taken into custody on the scene.

Law enforcement officials said Parker intentionally crashed into the DPS office after the location on Thursday denied him a commercial drivers license.

Clenard has two prior charges of criminal trespassing and one charge of arson, authorities said.

Texas Rangers are leading the investigation, and there is no ongoing threat to the public.


DPS asked the public to avoid the area as investigators and medical personnel continue their response.

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