Kamala Harris dismissed as “mechanical defect” in accident

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.

Last year, Kamala Harris waved from her armored SUV.
The Secret Service confirmed that the driver of Kamala Harris had a minor accident Monday morning.
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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!”

TikTok video that appears to show Kamala Harris' stalled motorcade after the crash.

Monday’s accident appeared to be captured in a TikTok video, with a woman gasping: “She was in the car that crashed – that’s insane!”


TikTok video that appears to show Kamala Harris' stalled motorcade after the crash.

Footage shows the armed intelligence agency standing around the stuck motorcade on Monday.


"Oh my god – it's Kamala!  It's her, there she is - I've seen her"

“Oh my god – it’s Kamala! It’s her, there she is – I’ve seen her,” one woman is heard saying during filming.


Intelligence spokesman Anthony Guglielmi

Secret Service spokesman Anthony Guglielmi confirmed the crash and stressed that there were no injuries.


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.

Kamala Harris at an event on Wednesday.
Though unharmed, Kamala Harris is reportedly concerned that her highly skilled Secret Service driver could have an accident.
AP

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.”

https://nypost.com/2022/10/06/kamala-harris-in-crash-dismissed-as-mechanical-failure/ Kamala Harris dismissed as “mechanical defect” in accident

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