Justin Trudeau's motorcade involved in minor crash in California


LOS ANGELES (NYTIMES) - Canada's prime minister, Justin Trudeau, escaped injury after his motorcade was involved in a minor crash in Simi Valley, California, on Friday night (Feb 9).

Trudeau's motorcade was being escorted by the California Highway Patrol Dignitary Protection Section at 7.30pm after leaving the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute.

Just over 6km 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, Commander Roy Jones of the Simi Valley Police Department said in an interview on Saturday (Feb 10).

The police motorcycle began to move and was struck by the vehicle, throwing the police officer into another police motorcycle in the motorcade.

Trudeau's vehicle did not stop.

The injured police officer was taken to Los Robles Hospital and Medical Centre in Thousand Oaks, California, with minor injuries. The driver of the vehicle stayed at the scene and was not given a summons. 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.

ABC News reported that the vehicle was a Toyota Highlander driven by a woman who was with her husband and son. The woman and her son were also taken to the hospital, ABC News reported. Jones was unable to immediately provide more details.

Trudeau was at the Reagan Foundation for a speech about cooperation between Canada, the United States and Mexico. His visit was part of a four-day trip to the United States to discuss the "interconnectedness" of the countries' economies as the North American Free Trade Agreement is being renegotiated.

Trudeau also visited the University of Chicago Institute of Politics to discuss public service, and San Francisco, where he met with Amazon's founder, Jeff Bezos. Toronto is one of 20 cities in the running to host Amazon's second headquarters.