Vice President Kamala Harris’ motorcade was involved in a car accident on Monday, the Washington Post reports, based on information from two sources familiar with the incident.
The sources claim that the accident was limited to one car but brought the whole of the vice presidential motorcade to a halt near the Washington, D.C., neighborhood of Foggy Bottom.
The driver of an SUV carrying Harris struck the curb of a vehicular tunnel hard enough to cause damage to the vehicle and, ultimately, detail was forced to replace a tire on the SUV. Harris was then moved to another vehicle in the motorcade for transportation to the White House.
A spokeswoman for Harris confirmed the accident in a statement provided to the Post, stressing that the vice president was uninjured.
“The Vice President sustained no injuries and appreciates the quick response by her USSS detail to get her to the White House safely,” Kirsten Allen said.
Secret Service spokesman Anthony Guglielmi also said the driver of Harris’ SUV “overcorrected,” causing the accident.
“During a protective movement Monday, a vehicle in a motorcade had a minor overcorrection and struck a curb,” Guglielmi said. “The protectee was transferred to a secondary vehicle, and the motorcade continued to its destination. There were no injuries to anyone.”
Footage of the stalled motorcade that was allegedly transporting Harris was first put online by a TikTok user, who appeared to live in the area.
However, the Secret Service detail escorting Harris didn’t fully explain the cause of the incident to their superiors initially. The motorcade’s sudden halt was initially attributed to a “mechanical failure,” according to Guglielmi.
The Post reports that such an incident spurs concerns that the Secret Service would hide such a mistake and called into question the Secret Service’s protocols in such incidents.
Both the Secret Service’s director and the vice president herself are reportedly “concerned” in the aftermath of the stalled motorcade.
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