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September 11, 2001

Truck Slams Into California State Capitol

As we remember the events from September 11, 2001, there was another "terrorist" event that happened earlier in 2001 that some people might have forgotten about. Here's part of the story from Reuters on January 17, 2001:

Truck Slams Into California State Capitol
By Joshua Chaffin

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - A big-rig truck rammed into California's state capitol building on Tuesday, setting off a fiery explosion just as state lawmakers were finishing an emergency bill designed to ease the state's critical power crisis.

Officials said the driver of the truck, which was loaded with evaporated milk, was killed in the incident, which witnesses said appeared to besome kind of bizarre attack.

"There's no question in my mind that this was a deliberate act," Assembly Speaker Robert Hertzberg said after he and other lawmakers were evacuated from the building.

Police said they were treating the incident as a possible crime, but had no immediate information on possible reason for the crash, or whether itwas an intentional act or an accident.

"That has not been determined," Capt. Dennis Williams, the California Highway Patrol's chief of Capitol security, told a news conference.



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