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Watch: Biden Whisked Away from Campaign HQ after a Car Crashes into His Motorcade in Delaware – News18

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Last Updated: December 18, 2023, 10:55 IST

Members of the US Secret Service speak to the driver of the vehicle that crashed into a SUV that was blocking the street as Joe Biden exited his campaign headquarters, in Wilmington, Delaware. (Reuters)

Members of the US Secret Service speak to the driver of the vehicle that crashed into a SUV that was blocking the street as Joe Biden exited his campaign headquarters, in Wilmington, Delaware. (Reuters)

A car crashes into Joe Biden’s motorcade, causing a security scare. US President and first lady are fine. Secret Service swiftly responds to the incident

A car crashed into a US Secret Service vehicle attached to Joe Biden’s motorcade on Sunday, leaving the US president startled as he left his campaign headquarters in Delaware.

A loud bang was heard in the video released by news agencies in which a sedan slammed into an SUV positioned in a nearby intersection about 40 meters from Biden. US security personnel rushed Biden into a waiting vehicle and whisked him away from the building in downtown Wilmington.

“Both the president and first lady are fine,” a White House official told an AFP reporter who witnessed the incident. “Today, at approximately 8:09 pm, a Secret Service vehicle securing the president’s motorcade route was struck by another vehicle in Wilmington,” Secret Service spokesperson Special Agent Steve Kopek said.

“There was no protective interest associated with this event and the president’s motorcade departed without incident,” he added. Pool reporters had gathered on the sidewalk outside the campaign offices — where the president and First Lady Jill Biden had dinner with staff — and had just finished shouting questions to Biden from a distance when they heard the crash and saw him with a surprised expression on his face.

US security personnel were quick to react, cornering the silver car with Delaware license plates and drawing weapons on the driver, who held up his hands. Reporters were then quickly rounded up by staff to join the motorcade as it departed the rain-drenched scene. “They’re evacuating, you guys gotta go,” a staffer told reporters as security personnel secured the area. Biden arrived safely at his family home without further incident.

(With agency inputs)

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