Texas police confirm reports of ‘vehicle contact’ related to Trump supporters surrounding Biden bus, FBI investigating

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KYLE, Texas (NewsNation Now) —  The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into a Friday incident in Texas where supporters of President Donald Trump aggressively surrounded a Biden campaign bus on a Texas interstate, according to the Texas Tribune.

Supporters of President Donald Trump allegedly harassed a Joe Biden-Kamala Harris bus as it traveled through Central Texas Friday, according to Texas Democratic activists.

The incident, which was captured on video, happened on Interstate 35 in Hays County and prompted Democrats to cancel at least one campaign event Friday citing “safety concerns.”

Videos and photos posted on social media show a long line of vehicles flying Trump flags trailing the Biden-Harris bus as it traveled from San Antonio to Austin on I-35.

In some images, the bus appears to be boxed in by the vehicles. President Donald Trump also tweeted what appeared to be video of the caravan surrounding the the bus saying, “I LOVE TEXAS!”

Members of the Texas Democrats’ campaign said that a Biden-Harris staffer’s car was hit during the incident.

Katie Naranjo, chair of the Travis County Democratic Party, tweeted that Trump supporters followed the bus in an attempt to intimidate Biden voters.

“They ran into a person’s car, yelling curse words and threats,” she tweeted.

The Kyle Police Department confirmed in a statement to NewsNation affiliate KXAN they received reports around 4 p.m. Friday that indicated two or more vehicles may have made contact while traveling north on Interstate 35.

Officers responded to the area but no vehicles stopped to share information with them.

“Members of what is believed to be a campaign bus for Kamala Harris as well as following vehicles with campaign staffers advised the Kyle Police Department via telephone that they did not intend to stop, so Kyle Police obtained contact information so contact could be made at a later time,” an emailed statement from Kyle police said.

It went on to say that the “vehicle contact” happened in San Marcos and that all involved parties are being referred to the San Marcos Police Department if they want to file a police report.

San Marcos police said the Biden-Harris bus requested a police escort, but due to excessive traffic officers were not able to catch the bus before it left the jurisdiction. The police department also said it has researched the crash and watched online video. It said the “at-fault vehicle” may be the Biden-Harris staffer’s car, while the “victim” appears to be one of the Trump vehicles.

“The at-fault vehicle may be the white SUV and the victim appears to be the black truck,” a statement from SMPD said. “Calls to the driver of the white SUV have gone unanswered and SMPD has not been contacted by the driver of the black truck. Since SMPD has not spoken to either driver at this time, additional investigation would be required to fully ascertain who was at fault.”

A spokeswoman with the FBI told KXAN they would issue a statement shortly.

NewsNation is working to get a statement from both the FBI and the Texas Republican Party.

NewsNation affiliate KXAN and Nexstar Media Wire contributed to this report.

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