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Fort Bragg gate reopens after driver rams security barriers, officials say

Fort Bragg (Fort Bragg/Released)

A security scare forced part of a North Carolina military base to close for hours, officials say.

Fort Bragg reopened an entrance after a driver rammed into security equipment on Tuesday night, the U.S. Army installation said in a Facebook post.

The person behind the wheel didn’t show proper ID at the All-American Access Control Point, according to the post.

Then, “for unknown reasons, the driver crashed through a security arm,” officials say.

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Helen Cid was leaving a Christmas event when she heard screeching tires and saw the Dodge Ram blow “right through the barriers,” she told WNCN.

“A second security device was activated and the driver turned the vehicle onto the southbound lanes of the All American Expressway and left the installation,” the Facebook post said.

Cumberland County deputies later found the pickup truck abandoned, but they haven’t taken the people who may have been behind Tuesday’s crash into custody, WNCN reported Thursday.

The All-American gate is one of several entrances to the base and has a visitor information center, according to the Fort Bragg website.

The post houses Airborne and Special Operations divisions.

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