A vehicle in Gov. Bobby Jindal’s security detail struck a utility pole Sunday afternoon while returning the governor home from his son’s soccer game.
The governor’s spokesman, Sean Lansing, said Jindal was not injured in the three-vehicle accident. One of the governor’s bodyguards went to a hospital with minor injuries.
At the time of the accident, the governor was returning home in a two-vehicle caravan.
State Police said the crash happened about 5 p.m. on Nicholson Drive when a truck made an illegal U-turn in front of the governor’s vehicles.
The truck scraped the side of the vehicle carrying the governor and a state trooper, State Police reported.
A second vehicle in the governor’s security detail took “evasive action” to avoid hitting the crashed vehicles and struck a utility pole, State Police Capt. Doug Cain said Sunday night.
“The governor was involved in a traffic accident this afternoon on the way home from his son’s soccer game after a truck made an illegal U-turn in front of his vehicle. The governor did not sustain any injuries, and he is thankful for the work of the Louisiana State Police who keep him and his family safe every day,” Lansing wrote Sunday night by email.
State Police said the truck driver, who authorities did not name, received a citation for improper turn.
Cain said one of the governor’s bodyguards went to the hospital but should be fine.
Jindal was back in Baton Rouge after speaking Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C.
Jindal used the appearance to dismiss speculation he wants to run for president in 2016.
“The truth is — I am too skinny to run,” he said. “At least that’s what my friend, (New Jersey Gov.) Chris Christie, keeps telling me.”