BATON ROUGE, La. -- An SUV carrying Gov. Bobby Jindal was involved in a traffic accident in Baton Rouge Sunday, which sent a state trooper who was traveling with the governor's detail to the hospital with minor injuries, Louisiana State Police said.
In a statement, the governor's office said Jindal was not hurt. The driver of the other vehicle appeared to be at fault and was cited for the crash.
Two vehicles assigned to the governor were involved in the crash, which happened about 5 p.m. and also involved a box rental truck, according to a Louisiana State Police news release.
The driver of the rental truck allegedly made an illegal U-turn in front of the unmarked police cars, one of which was carrying the governor as he traveled on Nicholson Drive, south of downtown Baton Rouge.
Police said the truck side swiped the first SUV which was carrying Gov. Jindal and a state trooper. The second SUV, being driven by the second trooper, struck a utility pole to avoid the accident. A photo and video from WAFB-TV showed severe damage to the vehicle.
The trooper in the second SUV received minor injuries. There were no other injuries in the crash.
A supervisor from State Police Troop A is investigating the crash, which is departmental policy. Baton Rouge police also responded to the scene.
The driver of the truck was cited but not identified by state police.
Jindal spent part of the weekend attending the Conservative Political Action Committee meeting in Washington, D.C., where he spoke on Friday. A statement from his press office said he was traveling home from his son's soccer game in Baton Rouge when the accident took place.
"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," said the statement from Jindal's press office.