US Vice President Kamala Harris was involved in a car accident which was initially reported to Secret Service chiefs as a ‘mechanical breakdown’ – although the vehicle hit a curb and she was moved to another car.
The officer who drove her to work at the White House on Monday hit the pavement of a tunnel hard enough that the tire had to be replaced, The Washington Post reported.
Secret Service Director Kim Cheatle reportedly expressed concern that the incident was initially described as a mechanical failure, and was later relieved to get a fuller account, according to the newspaper report.
“During a protective move on Monday, a vehicle in a motorcade had a minor override and struck a sidewalk,” agency spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.
“The protected [Harris] was transferred to a secondary vehicle and the motorcade continued to its destination. There were no injuries.”
He added that although the incident was initially reported as a mechanical failure, later “management was verbally advised with additional relevant facts that the vehicle struck a curb”.
Ms Harris’ press secretary, Kirsten Allen, confirmed the incident on Wednesday, saying: “The Vice President was uninjured and appreciates the quick response from her USSS detail to get her to the White House in safe.”
Procession stopped “a great ban”
A source familiar with the incident told NBC News that Ms Harris was driving to work at the White House in her motorcade when the vehicle she was in cut a high curb with its rear wheel and was disabled.
The source said a stopped motorcade is seen as a concerning situation – ‘a big no-no for us’ – and Ms Harris was quickly transferred to the replacement vehicle.
His previous vehicle was going around 50 mph on city streets, the source said.
When the motorcade arrived at the White House, she was checked by medical staff to make sure she was uninjured, the source added.
Mr. Guglielmi told NBC News that there would be no disciplinary action.
“We’re proud of the detail. The way they handled it was exactly as they should be,” he said.
You Can Read Also