Report: Harris, Secret Service director concerned over reporting of motorcade crash

WASHINGTON – Vice President Kamala Harris' vehicle was involved in a minor crash Monday during a motorcade to the White House that was initially described as a “mechanical failure.”

Harris, who was in the vehicle at the time, and Secret Service Director Kim Cheatle expressed concern that details of the accident had initially been mischaracterized, The Washington Post first reported Wednesday.

Secret Service spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement Wednesday to USA TODAY that a vehicle that was part of the motorcade “had a minor overcorrection and struck a curb.” Harris was transferred to another vehicle and continued to the White House.

An accident involving Vice President Kamala Harris' vehicle Monday initially was described as a “mechanical failure.”
An accident involving Vice President Kamala Harris' vehicle Monday initially was described as a “mechanical failure.”

“Initial radio traffic indicated this was a mechanical failure and that was communicated to agency leadership by personnel supporting the motorcade movement,” Guglielmi said in the statement. “After the protective movement was completed, leadership was verbally updated with additional pertinent facts that the vehicle struck a curb.”

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The initial report that the crash was a mechanical failure has caused concern. Cheatle was disturbed by the initial inaccuracy of the alert related to the vice president’s delay, according to The Post.

No one was injured.

Harris’ spokeswoman, Kirsten Allen, said in a statement that Harris “sustained no injuries and appreciates the quick response by her USSS detail to get her to the White House safely.”

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Report: Harris, Secret Service head concerned over motorcade accident