Car crashes into Watergate complex in Washington

Members of the DC Fire Department work to open rescue equipment to take into the garage at the Watergate complex in Washington, Friday, May 1, 2015, after a construction incident. A fire department spokesman said firefighters were called to the scene were three stories of the garage apparently collapsed. The area was under construction at the time. (G3 Box News Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) Jacquelyn Martin/G3 Box News

Car crashes into Watergate complex in Washington

Ryan King

July 23, 02:50 PM July 23, 02:50 PM

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Another Watergate scandal transpired Friday after a driver rammed a vehicle into the historic complex located in northwest Washington, D.C., leaving at least one person injured.

Images from the site showed a gray Subaru Forester that had smashed headfirst into the exterior glass of the facility. First responders managed to stabilize the driver, who rejected additional treatment, and transported a second person to a nearby hospital, officials said.


The crash did not cause the building to have structural integrity problems, according to officials. Responders reportedly had a crane prepared for their response, but they ultimately did not need to use it.

The car is believed to have struck the building around 2 p.m. Friday afternoon, according to D.C. Fire and Rescue. The cause of the crash is unclear.

Watergate is a complex of six buildings located in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington, D.C. In the 1970s, the complex housed the Democratic National Committee and was the subject of a break-in by people with ties to former President Richard Nixon’s reelection efforts.

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Nixon’s subsequent efforts to embark on a cover-up of the scandal led to his resignation. In public interviews, Nixon maintained he did not order the break-in, but rather sought to cover it up to contain the matter politically.

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