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Man dead after head-on crash with Secret Service agents

Man dead after head-on crash with Secret Service agents

By Niraj Chokshi and Carol D. Leonnig for The Washington Post

A man is dead after his car crashed into a vehicle carrying four Secret Service agents in New Hampshire.

Bruce Danforth, 45, was driving his four-door Mercury Sable north on Route 16 early Tuesday evening when his car crossed into oncoming traffic and slammed into a Ford Taurus carrying the on-duty Secret Service agents, local police said in a statement.

Danforth died at the scene; his two passengers — Natasha Meroski, 35, and Kristina Buswell, 21 — were taken to area hospitals, as were the four Secret Service agents.

“At this time, our personnel have sustained what is described as serious, but non-life-threatening injuries,” Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy said in a statement provided to The Washington Post. “Please join us as we keep all the victims of this accident and their families in our thoughts and prayers.”

The Secret Service agents did not belong to any particular candidate’s protective detail, but instead were part of a “jump team,” working as additional security and standing post at campaign events. They were en route from one campaign event to another at the time of the accident, a government official said.

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