Authorities said that five people were injured in a chain reaction crash at a San Francisco anti-vaccination demonstration.
The crash occurred shortly before 6 p.m. at the San Francisco entrance to the Golden Gate Bridge, where there was a protest billed as a “nationwide walkout” against government-mandated vaccinations against Covid-19, California Highway Patrol spokesman Andrew Barclay said. Barclay stated that the injuries sustained by the officers and the employee of Golden Gate Bridge were not life-threatening. He said that two other bridge workers were also injured and were released from the hospital.
The incident occurred in the northbound lanes, which were closed by authorities after protesters threatened “to take over” the road.
The protesters did not enter traffic, he stated, but the lane was still blocked by a concrete barrier, officers, trucks, and patrol cars.
Aerial video captured by NBC Bay Area shows an SUV and a sweeper truck colliding directly next to the barricade. The vehicles collided with a truck at the barricade and thrust the truck into the officers and three bridge workers. Barclay stated that the cause of the accident is being investigated.
The protesters were angered by mandates at the federal, state and local levels requiring employees at large businesses, schools, city agencies and elsewhere to get vaccinated or regularly tested for Covid-19.
Vaccination data from 20 cities with mandates showed that inoculation rates among employees who were required to get the shots were 15 percentage points higher than among the general populations of their cities and counties.
Tim Stelloh is a reporter for NBC News based in California.