U.S. Secret Service agents injured in fatal New Hampshire car crash


Four U.S. Secret Service agents were injured in a head-on collision in New Hampshire that killed the driver of the other vehicle, the Secret Service and New Hampshire police said on Wednesday.

The driver of the other car crossed into the oncoming lane while traveling down a hill Tuesday night and hit the vehicle carrying the on-duty agents, the local police department said in a statement. Two people were injured in addition to the Secret Service agents.  

It was not immediately known why the agents were in New Hampshire but leading Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who has a Secret Service detail because of her status as former first lady, was campaigning there Tuesday night.

“Our personnel have sustained what is described as serious, but non-life-threatening injuries,” Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy said in a statement.

Two passengers in a Mercury Sable that hit the agents’ Ford Taurus were hospitalized and the Sable’s driver was killed, local police said.

The accident occurred in Wakefield, New Hampshire, about 100 miles (161 km) north of Boston and near its border with Maine.

The Wakefield Police Department said it is working with New Hampshire State Police in investigating the accident.

Storms and harsh winter weather hit New Hampshire on Tuesday, forcing Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush to cancel a campaign event.

New Hampshire holds one of the first primary elections in the run-up to the November 2016 presidential election, making it a popular place for candidates to campaign this time of year.

(Reporting by Megan Cassella and Susan Heavey; Editing by Bill Trott)


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