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Driver dies after crashing into White House gate

A driver has died after crashing a vehicle into a gate at the White House, authorities say.

A driver has died after crashing a vehicle into a gate at the White House, authorities say. Photo: AP

A driver has died after crashing a vehicle into a gate at the White House, the US Secret Service says.

The driver was found dead in the vehicle following the crash just before 10.30pm on Saturday at an outer perimeter gate of the White House complex, the security agency said in a statement.

The Washington Metropolitan Police Department said the vehicle crashed into a security barrier at the intersection of 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

“At this time, the incident is being investigated only as a traffic crash by MPD’s Major Crash Investigations Unit,” the metro police said in a statement posted on social media.

Security protocols were implemented but there was no threat to the president’s residence, the agency said.

The driver was not immediately identified.

The Secret Service will continue to investigate the matter while turning over the fatal crash portion of the investigation to the metro police, the agency said.

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