US Secretary of State John Kerry unhurt in ‘minor’ road accident

John Kerrey sustained no injuries nor did any staff or personnel.

By: Express News Service Written by Ujjwala Nayudu | Ahmedabad | Updated: January 12, 2015 7:42:16 pm

THE US Secretary of State John Kerry’s convoy had a minor accident in Gandhinagar while he was on his way to the Ahmedabad International Airport on Monday after his two day visit at the Vibrant Gujarat Summit. No one was injured.

The incident happened around 3 kilometers from Mahatma Mandir when Kerry left the venue after addressing a press conference.

Additional CP (Traffic), In- charge of the road security for the VGGIS event, Harekrishna Patel said, “The convoy was on it’s way to Ahmedabad when a small puppy suddenly jumped to cross the road. In order to save the pup from getting run over, the driver of Kerry’s car suddenly braked and stopped till the pup could pass. This however led to sudden braking and the car of his security officers behind Kerry’s car hit his car”.

Patel added, “It was just a minor skirmish. As per their protocol not to use a damaged car, the security officers immediately changed the car behind that of Kerry’s within minutes and his convoy had safely reached the Ahmedabad airport in time. There was no injury to anyone in the convoy”.

The police officials in Gandhinagar said that car that suffered minor dent was taken off from the convoy and left on the road while another car brought by his security officers was brought in to avert any problems with the damaged car. Kerry’s convoy had safely reached Ahmedabad International Airport for his scheduled departure from Gujarat.

The State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, “During the drive to the airport in Ahmedabad two cars in the motorcade had a minor traffic accident resulting in some damage to both cars”. Secretary Kerry was in the first of the two vehicles. He sustained no injuries nor did any staff or personnel” adding that “he reached the airport without any further incident”.

The Gandhinagar police added that the skirmish didn’t disturb the normal vehicular movement of the road. The damaged car was later taken off from the road with the help of the local police.

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