A car carrying Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s security detail flipped and rolled down an embankment on Thursday, injuring four officers. Their car overturned after colliding with another vehicle while the prime minister was campaigning in Tasmania ahead of the May 21 elections, according to a statement from the state police. Morrison’s remaining stops for the day were cancelled following the accident, but he was not involved or injured in the crash, according to his office.
The prime minister praised the officers who protect him and his family for their “selflessness, professionalism, and incredible generosity.”
“I look forward to hearing more good news about their condition,” he said in a statement.
Despite the fact that the vehicle in which the officers were travelling was severely damaged, police stated that the security detail’s injuries were “non-life threatening.”
According to Morrison’s office, all four officers were conscious when they were transferred from the scene of the crash.
Local police said the crash was still being investigated, but it appeared the other vehicle collided with the unmarked police car while attempting to merge lanes.
It is unclear whether the safety car was following the prime minister’s vehicle at the time of the crash.