ALAMOGORDO, New Mexico -- The main gate at Holloman Air Force Base reopened around 3:20 p.m. Thursday, officials said, after being closed for hours following a gate crashing attempt by a car being chased by U.S. Border Patrol agents.
In a statement issued to the media, base officials said "multiple suspects crashed their vehicle while attempting to force their way through the gate" about 9 p.m. Wednesday.
Holloman officials indicated they were able to keep the gate-crashers for gaining entry.
"49th Wing Security Forces personnel reacted swiftly and deployed a vehicle barrier system to prevent the vehicle and suspects from getting past the gate," the statement said.
A Border Patrol spokesman told ABC-7 that "agents assigned to the Alamogordo Border Patrol Station were involved in a vehicle accident after a suspicious vehicle fled and tried to enter the Holloman Air Force Base." The military indicated that the CBP vehicle pursuing the fleeing car crashed into it.
A spokeswoman for Holloman AFB said no military personnel were injured during the incident and there were no additional threats to the safety and security of the base.
Traffic was re-routed from the main gate to the West Gate and La Luz Gate following the incident, which Holloman officials said was under investigation by multiple agencies.