Truck emblazoned with Cuban protest song smashes into Louisville Metro Department of Corrections & bomb squad called

Truck emblazoned with Cuban protest song smashes into Louisville Metro Department of Corrections & bomb squad called

July 14, 2021

A TRUCK plowed into the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections building on Tuesday afternoon.

The truck struck the building at around 12.20 pm, a spokesperson for the police department told The Sun.

Witnesses told WLKY that the truck first drove diagonally through an intersection, narrowly missing a light post for hitting the building.

The vehicle crashed into the front door of the building and the driver was taken into custody.

The LMPD bomb squad was called to the scene to investigate a suspicious package, WAVE3 reports.

No injuries have yet been reported an investigation remains ongoing.

The truck had the words "Patria Y Vida" spray-painted on the side, a Spanish phrase which translates into "Homeland or Life."

It's also the name of a Cuban protest song that accuses the country's government of destroying the quality of life in Cuba.

The slogan is a spin on the communist regime's decades-old slogan of "patria o muerte" — homeland or death.

Hundreds of demonstrators have taken to the streets of Cuba in recent days to protest a lack of food, medicine, and other economic shortfalls in recent days.

It's currently unclear whether Tuesday's crash is in any way linked to the unrest in Cuba.

Investigators have not yet released any further information on the matter.

Police have closed off the surrounding streets and the jail has been put on lockdown.

More to follow…

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