On Wednesday evening, an unknown individual breached the entrance gate at Travis Air Force Base in California with a vehicle carrying propane tanks. The driver deliberately ignited the propane which caused his own death.
The unnamed individual died inside the car, which drove off the road into a ditch. There were no reports of shots being fired during the incident.
The FBI and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations are investigating the breach of the main gate at Travis Air Force Base in California that ended in a fiery crash and the driver’s death.
In a release Thursday evening, Travis officials said the unidentified driver “gained unauthorized access” to the base through the main gate shortly before 7 p.m. the previous night.
The car crashed shortly afterward and became engulfed in flames, Travis officials said, and the driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
Travis officials said there were no additional fatalities or injuries, and there are no current threats to the base or the community. The investigation is ongoing. OSI is now working together with the FBI’s Sacramento field office to investigate the incident, the release said.
“The safety and welfare of our airmen, their families and our local community is our top priority,” Col. John Klein, commander of the 60th Air Mobility Wing at Travis, said in the release. “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. We are fortunate to have enduring relationships with federal and local law enforcement, and will continue to work hand-in-hand with them through the investigative process.”
The base said that its first responders — including security forces, explosive ordnance disposal technicians and OSI — and emergency officials from nearby Fairfield responded to the scene immediately after the crash.
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In June of 2017, Travis Air Force Base had initiated a lock-down due to a ‘security incident,’ but soon lifted the lock-down after police found no shots fired.
Update: The driver has been identified by law enforcement but not been named.
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