Four Secret Service agents were injured Tuesday when a car crossed over double-yellow lines and crashed into the Secret Service officers’ car head on. The four agents’ names have not been released.
The driver of the car, 45-year-old Bruce Danforth, died at the scene. The two passengers with him, Natasha Meroski, 35, and Kristina Buswell, 21, were injured as well.
Danforth reportedly lacked a valid driver’s license and “was known to this department and has an extensive criminal history,” said the Wakefield Police Department.
The agents were taken to Frisbee Memorial hospital. Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy said Wednesday that the injuries were not life-threatening.
“At this time, our personnel have sustained what is described as serious, but non life threatening injuries. Please join us as we keep all the victims of this accident and their families in our thoughts and prayers,” said Clancy in a statement.
The four Secret Service agents were on duty at the time, traveling south on New Hampshire’s Route 16 in a Ford Taurus when the car, a Mercury Sable, came into their lane, according to CNN. It is unknown who the agents were protecting, although several presidential candidates such as Hillary Clinton are campaigning in the state.
However, The Washington Post reports that the agents were part of a “jump team” working as additional security at campaign events. All four are believed to be employed in field offices in the New England area.
Clinton said Wednesday that she was “saddened and concerned” to hear of the accident. “My husband and I send our prayers and condolences to all the victims and their families. We are grateful everyday for the service, dedication, and professionalism of the U.S. Secret Service,” said Clinton in a statement.
Tuesday’s collision brings to light the dangers Secret Service agents and others face in a position that takes them traveling the nation protecting foreign dignitaries and politicians.
Clinton is familiar with this sort of situation. In 2008, she canceled a campaign rally after one of her Secret Service escorts was killed in an accident in Dallas.