Trump’s Motorcade Involved in Road Accident, 3 Officers Injured

May 15, 2019 Updated: May 15, 2019

Three police officers who were escorting President Donald Trump’s motorcade were injured in a road accident on Tuesday, May 14, in Louisiana.

“Today, three motorcycle officers from local law enforcement were injured in an accident while traveling with the President’s motorcade,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said in a statement. “All three are being treated for injuries at a nearby hospital and are in stable condition.

The crash involved four motorcycle police officers and occurred at 1:30 p.m. on Interstate 10, the Secret Service said, according to USA Today. The motorcade had left Chennault International Airport in Lake Charles, and the accident occurred moments before Trump’s motorcade crossed a bridge spanning the lake, according to Reuters.

President Trump, who was in an armored limousine, was not injured.

Trump’s motorcade slowed down as it passed the site of the accident. Pool journalist Meridith McGraw reported seeing “two officers standing and being tended to with very bloodied arms as we drove by.”

Jennifer Jacobs, White House reporter for Bloomberg News, was following the motorcade. She posted a message to Twitter saying: “3 officers down on Interstate 10 near Lake Charles … one in grassy ditch, sitting up. One flat on his back on highway shoulder, bleeding. A third standing up, bleeding from his arm.”

The three officers involved are two deputies from Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and an officer from the Sulphur Police Department, according to WAFB.

Reuters reported that the motorcycle escorts stopped to deal with the accident and some of them returned later to the motorcade.

Trump continued to travel to Cameron LNG (Liquified Natural Gas) Export Facility in Hackberry—a $10 billion export terminal that began producing liquefied natural gas for export on Tuesday.

President Donald Trump walks out of the Oval Office prior to departing on Marine One from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, May 14, 2019. Trump was traveling to Louisiana to speak about energy, infrastructure and economic growth and to attend a fundraiser. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Around 2:30 p.m., Trump delivered a speech on energy, infrastructure, and economic growth at an event held at the facility.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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