Justin Trudeau’s Motorcade Involved in Minor Crash in California


Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, after his speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., on Friday. Credit Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press

Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, was uninjured after his motorcade was involved in a minor crash in Simi Valley, Calif., on Friday night.

Mr. Trudeau’s motorcade was being escorted by the California Highway Patrol Dignitary Protection Section at 7:30 p.m. after leaving the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute.

Four miles from the library, a police motorcycle stopped to block the road when the driver of a passenger vehicle tried to make a left turn and pull around the motorcade, Cmdr. Roy Jones of the Simi Valley Police Department said in an interview on Saturday.

The police motorcycle began to move and was struck by the vehicle, throwing the police officer into another police motorcycle in the motorcade. Mr. Trudeau’s vehicle did not stop.

The injured police officer was taken to Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, Calif., with minor injuries. The driver of the vehicle stayed at the scene and was not given a summons. Commander Jones said the episode was under investigation, including whether the motorcade was using lights and sirens as required.

“It’s still under investigation but likely the driver of the vehicle will be found at fault,” he said.

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