Vice President Kamala Harris was involved in a convoy accident
The Secret Service said the vice president was moved to another vehicle after the previously unreported incident. The agency said there were no injuries.
Deputy Chief Kamala Harris was involved in a car accident that was reported to Secret Service chiefs as “a mechanical failure” on Monday, an agency spokesperson said on Wednesday night. Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the accident occurred when the car carrying Harris over-corrected and crashed into the curb.
“During a protective move on Monday, a vehicle in the convoy underwent a minor overcorrection and crashed into the curb,” Guglielmi said. Said. The beneficiary [Harris] was transferred to a second vehicle and the convoy proceeded towards its destination. Nobody was hurt.”
The Washington Post first reported the incident.
Guglielmi said the radio traffic surrounding the incident was relayed to agency chiefs by personnel assisting the convoy, suggesting a mechanical failure initially occurred. “Once the protective action was completed, the leadership was verbally briefed with additional relevant facts that the vehicle had hit the pavement,” he said. A source familiar with the incident told NBC News that Harris was in his motorcade on his way to work at the White House, when the vehicle he was driving hit the rear wheel of a high curb and was disabled.
The source said an aborted convoy was considered a worrying situation, a “big no-no for us” and Harris rushed to the backup vehicle. The source said his previous vehicles had traveled at high speeds of up to 80 km/h on city streets. When the convoy arrived at the White House, the medical office checked on Harris to make sure he was well, the source added.