Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Biden Motorcade Accident: Biden Motorcade Fatal Accident: VP Safely back in Washington

Vice President Biden's motorcade was involved in a fatal accident this morning, in which a man died. 

Biden had already returned to the D.C. area from a Veterans Day event at Fort Lewis, Washington yesterday. The accident happened in Temple Hills, Maryland, after the vehicles were flown back for storage.

Biden was not in the "armored SUV or limousine," or at the scene at the time of the crash. This report says the victim was a pedestrian. Another report says the pedestrian "was struck by the limousine and a Chevrolet Suburban." A secret service spokesman:

Because of their heavy armor, the limousine and Suburban have trickier handling characteristics than ordinary vehicles, Wiley said. He said both drivers had completed the agency's "protective operator's driving course," which is required before an employee is allowed behind the wheel of an armored vehicle.
He said an investigation overseen by Park Police will include an autopsy and toxicology tests to determine whether the man had consumed drugs or alcohol before the incident. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at Prince George's Hospital Center, Schlosser said. 
 A spokesman for the U.S. Park Police:
...the crash happened at 2:27 a.m. on Wednesday in Temple Hills, Md., at the intersection of Suitland Parkway and Naylor Road. The victim, whose name was not released because his next of kin had not been notified, was pronounced dead at Prince George’s Hospital on Wednesday morning, Schlosser said.
The circumstances of the accident, such as the color of the traffic light and the speed of the vehicles, were unclear but the Park Police was investigating.

Secret Service spokesman Malcolm Wiley said the employees involved in the accident remained at the scene and administered first aid to the man until an ambulance arrived to take him to the hospital.

As is customary Secret Service policy, the armored vehicles were flown to Fort Lewis on a military aircraft for the Tuesday event. They returned to the Air Force base in Maryland on Wednesday morning and the Secret Service employees were driving west along the Suitland Parkway to return them to a secure storage facility in D.C., which Wiley declined to name.
The name of the victim has not been released, pending notification of next of kin. Notice that the accident happened in the wee, early hours of the morning. The Hill didn't get this report out until 1:09 p.m. - the earliest report I've found.

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