One person is dead and several are injured after an 18-wheeler crashed into a Texas Department of Public Safety office

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A man drove a stolen 18-wheeler into a Texas Department of Public Safety building Friday, killing one person and injuring 13 others, according to local officials.
The driver of the stolen 18-wheeler was identified as Clenard Parker, 42, from Chappell Hill, law enforcement officials said in a Friday news conference.
“This is a tragic day for us,” department regional supervisor Gerald Brown said at the news conference.
“My heart and prayers goes out to the family members of those that are injured, as well as those that are injured.” Parker is facing multiple felony charges, according to authorities.
Brenham Mayor Atwood Kenjura described the incident as “a really senseless tragedy” at the news conference.
He added the suspect seemed to have been backing up with the intent of ramming the building a second time.
Greg Abbott said he and his wife are “saddened to hear of the tragic incident at the Texas Department of Public Safety office in Brenham” in a post on X.
CNN’s Sara Weisfeldt and Rosa Flores contributed to this report This story has been updated with additional information.


According to local officials, a man crashed a stolen 18-wheeler into a Texas Department of Public Safety building on Friday, killing one and injuring thirteen others.

Clenard Parker, 42, of Chappell Hill was identified as the driver of the stolen 18-wheeler, according to law enforcement officials at a press conference on Friday. After being taken into custody, he was not hurt.

Parker was running from pursuing deputies at the time of the crash and was reportedly denied his commercial driver’s license at the Brenham DPS office on Thursday afternoon, according to authorities.

Gerald Brown, the regional supervisor for the department, stated during the press conference, “This is a tragic day for us.”. “My thoughts and prayers are with the injured as well as their families. “.

According to authorities, Parker is charged with several felonies.

Atwood Kenjura, the mayor of Brenham, called the incident “a really senseless tragedy” during the press conference.

He continued by saying that it appeared the suspect was backing up with the intention of ramming the building once more.

“Our fire chief said that there would have been a building collapse and many more injuries and possibly fatalities if he had veered slightly to the left the second time,” the mayor stated.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott posted on X saying that he and his spouse are “saddened to hear of the tragic incident at the Texas Department of Public Safety office in Brenham.”. Let’s pray for the Texans who have passed away, those who are injured, and their families. I appreciate the first responders’ prompt attention to this matter. Texas will prosecute this vile criminal. “.

Sheriff Otto Hanak of Washington County stated to CNN affiliate KHOU on Friday, “We believe this was a criminal act.”.

“There is no further threat to the community,” the DPS declared upon X’s arrest. “.

CNN affiliate KTRK captured aerial footage of a semi carrying a flatbed trailer that appears to be filled with rebar. The car’s cab has significant damage, and there is a sizable opening in the front of the structure.

Brenham is situated roughly 70 miles to the northwest of Houston.

Sara Weisfeldt and Rosa Flores of CNN both contributed to this article.

More information has been added to this story.

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