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Seattle radical extremists are out trying to block roads last night and had set up vehicles across Interstate 5 trying to block traffic at about midnight on Friday night.

A very graphic video shows the car moving at high speed around the blockade and then plowing into two people and flipping them high into the air.

Warning very graphic.

Two women were hit, a 24 year old with life-threatening injuries and a 32 year old with serious injuries.

The man had entered the highway allegedly the wrong way up a ramp.

From AP:

The driver, a 27-year-old man from Seattle, was in custody, Mead said, adding that impairment was not considered a factor. Charges remain under investigation, as does the motive and point of entry onto the interstate, but Mead said the unnamed man faced multiple felony charges and was suspected to have come on the wrong way on a ramp.

Mead said troopers did not know whether it was a targeted attack.

Another video captured what happened from inside the protest on the ground.

A nearly two-hour-long Facebook livestream captioned “Black Femme March takes I-5” from Diaz Love ended abruptly; with about 15 seconds left, shouts of “Car!” can be heard as the camera starts to shake before screeching tires and the sound of impact are heard. The Associated Press could not immediately reach her.

Warning graphic:

Washington State Patrol Capt. Ron Mead said he couldn’t guarantee the safety of people if they stand on the highway.

Mead said at the press conference that protesters had shut down the interstate for 19 days in a row. He emphasized that the freeway is “simply not a safe place” for pedestrians, and said he hoped protesters would cease what he termed “unlawful behavior” in blocking the interstate.

“My hope is, as a result of this tragedy, protesters will reconsider their desire to be on the interstate because I cannot guarantee their safety, plain and simple,” Mead said.

State Police let them on the road and didn’t clear them off, they appear to have tried to block some ramps to keep people from coming on the highway. But why are they letting them block a highway to begin with? They should have cleared them all off.

But seriously, whatever the reason for the guy hitting them, they shouldn’t be in the highway.

Horrible way to learn: stop doing this.

Stop putting people in danger and blocking highways.