Vice President Kamala Harris was involved in a car accident Monday on her way to the White House.
The small accident was initially reported as a mechanical failure, but this claim was false or at least only a part of the situation, according to the New York Post. The accident occurred as a result of the driver of Harris’ SUV having “a minor overcorrection,” striking “the curb,” Secret Service spokesman Anthony Guglielmi stated, according to the NYP.
The impact from the overcorrection was so hard it caused a tire to be replaced, halting Harris’s motorcade to a full standstill, sources said to The Washington Post. Footage of the accident showed a number of armed guards surrounding the vehicles stopped by an underpass as the vice president was moved to a different vehicle.
New: An SUV @VP Kamala Harris was riding in Monday morning on her way to the White House overcorrected and crashed into a curb. @SecretSvcSpox tells me out of an abundance of caution, Harris was transferred to another vehicle & the motorcade continued on.
— Christopher Cadelago (@ccadelago) October 4, 2022
According to this tiktok user, VP Kamala Harris’ motorcade crashed yesterday morning. I’ve seen no news reports of this strange incident. 🤔 pic.twitter.com/Vd49UvryhT
— Moshe Schwartz (@YWNReporter) October 4, 2022
“Oh my God, it’s Kamala! It’s her, there she is! I saw her,” a woman can be heard saying in the video. “She was in the car that crashed. That’s fucking insane!”
The original report that the accident was due to a mechanical failure was a miscommunication, Guglielmi said, according to The Washington Post. “Initial radio traffic indicated this was a mechanical failure, and that was communicated to agency leadership by personnel supporting the motorcade movement,” he told the outlet. “After the protective movement was completed, leadership was verbally updated with additional pertinent facts that the vehicle struck a curb.” (RELATED: Kamala’s Brittney Griner Comments Spark Mega Social Media Backlash)
A spokesperson for the vice president, Kristen Allen, told the outlet that “the Vice President sustained no injuries and appreciates the quick response by her [Secret Service] detail to get her to the White House safely.” Sources said that Secret Service Director Kim Cheatle was “disturbed” by the inaccuracy of the alert, The Washington Post reported.