Following a one-car accident involving Vice President Kamala Harris’ Motorcade, the Vice President and the director of the Secret Service expressed concern about the incident.
On Monday (October 3) morning, the motorcade taking Harris to work was in an accident on a closed motorway. The accident occurred when the Secret Service agent driving Harris struck the curb in a tunnel at such force the tire needed to be replaced.
According to reporting by The Washington Post, two anonymous sources revealed the motorcade was brought to a standstill at about 10:20 a.m. near Foggy Bottom.
The accident was without incident as the Vice President was safely transferred to another vehicle in the motorcade, continuing her journey to the White House, where she was examined by medical staff, who determined she wasn’t harmed.
In reporting by The Hill, Anthony Guglielmi, spokesperson for the Secret Service, revealed the accident was caused by “a minor overcorrection.”
The accident, however, had initially been reported as a “mechanical failure” in the electronic alert, a move that has stoked concerns about the Secret Service’s tendency to withhold information.
Later on Monday, other agents reported to Secret Service Director Kim Cheatle that the initial alert wasn’t an accurate reflection of what occurred, with one source noting to The Washington Post that many Secret Service agents on Harris’s detail and in the White House were aware of what had transpired.
Yet, the incident raised additional questions about how such an incident could occur given its routine nature and the high level of training agents undergo when driving the President or Vice President.
In a statement, however, a spokesperson for Harris expressed the Vice President’s gratitude to agents for keeping her safe.