DEVELOPING STORY: A car collided with part of President Biden’s parked motorcade Sunday night in Wilmington, Delaware. It happened while the president was leaving his campaign headquarters. A pool reporter said Biden appeared stunned at the noise of the collision.
The president and first lady were not injured. The press were quickly ushered into a nearby van.
ABC News reports that Biden was walking from the office to an armored SUV when a sedan hit a U.S. Secret Service vehicle. The vehicle was being used to close off intersections.
“The sedan then tried to continue into a closed-off intersection, before Secret Service personnel surrounded the vehicle with weapons drawn and instructed the driver to put his hands up,” ABC News reported.
“Biden was ushered into his waiting vehicle, where his wife was already seated, before being driven swiftly back to their home,” the report continued. Watch video below:
Here’s the official White House pool report:
POTUS and FLOTUS emerged from the Biden-Harris 2024 headquarters in downtown Wilmington at 8:07am. FLOTUS entered the vehicle first, saying “Happy Holidays” to the pool. POTUS then emerged and his exit was interrupted by a car that hit a motorcade SUV.
Before this, in response to a shouted question about why he’s losing to Trump in the polls, Biden says You’re reading “the wrong polls.
Moments after responding, a silver copper sedan with Delaware plates hit what seemed to be a motorcade SUV shielding the motorcade at the intersection across from the entrance of the campaign headquarters.
There was a loud bang and POTUS was standing outside the vehicle with a surprised expression on his face.
A man walking by loudly said “oh my gosh” when this happened.
Agents quickly sprung into action, cornering the car and pulling weapons on the driver. He held his hands up and press was swiftly shuffled back to the van.
Before the incident, the pool was allowed to wait outside the van on the street corner next to the building housing the campaigns headquarters. On a restroom break in the lobby of the building, your pooler could hear people singing a Holiday song.White House
The Secret Service did not immediately comment on the incident and it’s unclear whether the driver will face charges. Watch videos from the scene below and click here to get Todd’s breaking news alerts.
A car collided with part of Biden’s parked motorcade tonight in Wilmington — it just rammed into an SUV that had closed down a street while Biden attended a campaign event.— Josh Wingrove (@josh_wingrove) December 18, 2023
The circumstances weren’t clear; Biden and the First Lady loaded into their vehicle and left. pic.twitter.com/M3kvbNGfCl
Police demanded that the driver open the door. It wasn’t clear whether the driver was responding. pic.twitter.com/4KqmJP7qNy— Josh Wingrove (@josh_wingrove) December 18, 2023