Vice President Kamala Harris was involved in a minor car accident on Monday that was initially – and incorrectly – dismissed as a “mechanical failure.”
Harris was on her way to the White House just before 10:30 a.m. Monday when the driver of her SUV “experienced a minor overcorrection and hit a curb,” confirmed Secret Service spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.
The impact was severe enough that the tire had to be replaced, bringing the VP’s motorcade to a halt, sources told The Washington Post.
video apparently filmed from a towering skyscraper showed armed guards standing around vehicles that stalled at the entrance of an underpass as Harris was relocated.
“Oh my god – it’s Kamala! It’s her, there she is – I’ve seen her,” an incredulous-sounding woman is heard watching.
“She was in the car that crashed – that’s insane!”
Despite the accident with the vice president’s SUV, it was originally described by the Secret Service as a “mechanical failure,” even in a warning to management explaining the delay in the motorcade, Washington Post sources said.
Guglielmi blamed misunderstandings.
“Initial radio traffic indicated there was a mechanical failure and this was reported to agency management by personnel assisting with the motorcade movement,” he told the DC newspaper.
“After the protective movement was completed, the leadership was verbally informed, with additional relevant facts, that the vehicle had hit a curb.”
But Intelligence Director Kim Cheatle confided to allies that she was troubled by the inaccuracy of the alert, an official with the service told The Washington Post.
The vice president is also said to be wondering how such an accident can happen given the high level of training of her drivers, the sources said.
Harris spokeswoman Kirsten Allen told the newspaper: “The vice president sustained no injuries and appreciates her quick response [Secret Service] to get them safely to the White House.”
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