New Hampshire crash kills driver of car that crossed center line, hit Secret Service agents’ vehicle


Four on-duty Secret Service agents were involved in a head-on collision that killed the driver of the other car in New Hampshire, police said Wednesday.

The accident happened at about 7 p.m. Tuesday in the town of Wakefield.

It wasn’t immediately known in what capacity the agents were working, but Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was campaigning in a town hall meeting Tuesday night in Berlin, north of Wakefield.

New Hampshire is one of the early voting states in the primary contests that begin in February, and some candidates have been traveling with Secret Service agents.

Clinton said she was saddened and concerned to hear about the crash. “My husband and I send our prayers and condolences to all the victims and their families,” she said in a statement.

Police said the agents were passengers in a Ford Taurus heading south on a highway when a northbound Mercury Sable with three people crossed over the center line and collided head-on into the Taurus.

The Sable driver, 45-year-old Bruce Danforth, died at the scene. A Secret Service spokeswoman said the agents suffered serious, but nonlife-threatening injuries. They and Danforth’s two passengers were taken to hospitals.

Police are investigating.