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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s security team injured in car accident

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison called off his final stops of the day after the crash. (Case)

Sydney:

A car carrying Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s security team overturned and rolled down an embankment on Thursday, with four officers taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Their car overturned after an accident with another car while the prime minister was campaigning in Tasmania ahead of the May 21 election, state police said in a statement.

Morrison canceled his remaining stops the day after the crash, but he was not involved or injured in the crash, his office said.

The Prime Minister described the officers protecting him and his family as “selfless, professional and incredibly generous”.

“I hope to hear more good news about their condition,” he said in a statement.

While the vehicle the officers were traveling in was badly damaged, the injuries to the security guards “are not life threatening”, police said.

Morrison’s office said all four officers were conscious when they were transferred from the crash site.

Local police said they are still investigating the crash, but it appears the other vehicle collided with the unmarked police cruiser as it attempted to merge lanes.

It is unclear whether the safety car was following the prime minister’s vehicle when the accident happened.

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