A motorist’s vehicle burst into flames after it ‘gained unauthorized access’ to the main gate of a Northern California Air Force base. The incident is being considered an act of terror.
Travis Air Force Base officials and the FBI said they are investigating the Wednesday night event in which the motorist died after crashing the vehicle at the military installation.
The vehicle was loaded with propane tanks as it ran through the main gate of the base. CBS News reports that the incident is being considered an act of terror.
The driver, whose identity is known by law enforcement but has not been released, ignited himself, causing the car to drive off the road and into a ditch
Video of the scene shows the car on fire and being extinguished by firefighters.
The base posted a statement regarding the incident.
‘Travis AFB security forces immediately responded,’ the statement said.
‘Additionally, the base’s explosive ordnance disposal team, office of special investigations and other responders were on scene.’
‘The investigation is ongoing and there are no current known threats to the base or community,’ the base’s statement read.
‘The main gate has reopened and all other facilities are operating as normal.’
‘The safety and welfare of our airmen, their families and our local community is our top priority,’ said Col. John Klein, 60th Air Mobility Wing commander.
‘I am extremely proud of how our first responders quickly addressed the situation to keep Travis and the surrounding area out of harm’s way.’
There are approximately 7,000 active military members and 3,700 civilians who live and work at the base.
Travis Air Force Base is a hub for military cargo in the Pacific, and is the largest military aerial port in the US.