JUNEAU, Alaska — A person who drove onto a state-run ferry Wednesday “muttering something about a bomb” was taken into custody, an Alaska transportation department spokesperson said.
Andy Mills, the spokesperson, said the incident occurred during the staging process of loading the ferry. People driving vehicles onboard the state ferries are asked to arrive early and to line up ahead of the boarding process. He said crew treated what they heard as a “credible threat.”
The department said the incident happened around 6:30 a.m. A later update on social media said as of 7:45 a.m., the person was in custody and “apparently the vehicle is clear of a bomb.”
It was not immediately clear how many crew or passengers were aboard the vessel LeConte at the time or how many passengers were ticketed for the trip, scheduled to run to Pelican. It also was unclear whether the individual, described only as a male, had a boarding pass.
Mills could not immediately say whether the vessel would still make the scheduled run.
Messages were left for spokespersons with the Juneau Police Department and U.S. Coast Guard, which the transportation department said responded to the incident.
The Associated Press