A woman who was driving in an SUV on a rainy Sunday afternoon in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C., was killed when her vehicle crashed into a fence on a property owned by the U.S. Secret Service, the agency said.
The accident happened around 4:30 p.m. in the Washington-Alexandria area.
The driver, a female, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Secret Service said in a statement that it was investigating.
The agency has been inundated with requests for assistance from the public, and that many calls have come from the region.
The SUV was found abandoned in a field at the end of the driveway in the area of the White House, a senior administration official told reporters.
The vehicle, an SUV called a Cadillac Escalade, was driven into the fence.
There were no reports of any injuries, the official said.
President Donald Trump has expressed support for the Secret Service in the past, but he has been reluctant to criticize the agency for its handling of the accident, saying only that it is doing a great job.
“I have tremendous respect for them.
They do a tremendous job, and I do, too,” Trump said at a news conference in Washington on Tuesday.
“They’re doing a fantastic job.”
The White House said it was working with the Secret and other federal agencies to find a replacement for the SUV.
The White the Secret service will continue to investigate, the White house said in an official statement.
In an email to the Associated Press, the Secret said the incident “was an unfortunate incident that occurred when a vehicle was struck by a fence, and the driver was transported to the hospital for treatment.
The Secretary of Homeland Security is assisting the agency in the investigation.”
The Secret Service did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The White House has been overwhelmed by the number of calls and text messages, the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner told reporters at a briefing.
“There are literally hundreds and hundreds of people who want to come in,” he said.
“The president has been very, very vocal about this, and has not let us down,” Kushner said.