US Secret Service says vehicle strikes security barrier near White House

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A woman driving a vehicle that struck a security barrier near the White House was apprehended Friday afternoon, the U.S. Secret Service says.

The White House was in lockdown immediately afterwards and the president was inside with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the time.

The female driver has been arrested, said the US Secret Service.

"No law enforcement personnel were injured during the incident involving a vehicle hitting a barrier near the White House", the Secret Service tweeted. It has Tennessee plates and had a patriotic bumper sticker with the word 'pray on it.

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According to reporters locked in the press room, Secret Services officers were seen running toward the residence.

The security barriers around the grounds are large and highly visible.

"No shots were fired during the vehicle incident near the White House".

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