Ron DeSantis is unhurt in a car accident in Tennessee while traveling to presidential campaign events
Ron DeSantis. Image via AP.

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'All the vehicles involved were government vehicles accompanying DeSantis and his team to his scheduled event.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis was involved in a multi-car accident on Tuesday in Tennessee but was uninjured as he traveled in a motorcade to a campaign stop for his 2024 presidential bid.

The chain reaction crash happened before 8:15 a.m. when traffic slowed on Interstate 75 in Chattanooga, causing four cars in the motorcade to hit one another, police said. All the vehicles involved in the crash were government vehicles taking DeSantis and his team to his scheduled event, police said.

“While traveling to an event in Tennessee this morning, the Governor was involved in a vehicle accident involving several cars in the motorcade, including the Governor’s vehicle. The Governor was uninjured, his staff and FDLE Agents were evaluated, and all have been cleared with no significant injuries,” asserted Gretl Plessinger, spokesperson for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

“The lead vehicle had to brake quickly, which caused a rear-end collision involving the other vehicles. All the vehicles involved were government vehicles accompanying Gov. DeSantis and his team to his scheduled event,” said Chattanooga police, as reported by WESH.

These new details follow campaign press secretary Bryan Griffin saying DeSantis was “in a car accident while traveling to an event in Chattanooga, Tennessee.”

“He and his team are uninjured,” Griffin added, saying Team DeSantis appreciates “the prayers and well wishes of the nation for his continued protection while on the campaign trail.”

WESH noted one female staffer had minor injuries.

The Florida Governor was expected to be at a fundraiser at a private home in Chattanooga on Tuesday. Hosts for the fundraiser were to pay $10,000 per couple for the event, while co-hosts were paying $5,000 and other attendees were paying $2,000 each, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

The Governor’s trip to raise money comes as polls find him mired in second place.

Tennessee’s Beacon Poll, conducted from June 14 to June 23, shows the Florida Governor with 12% support in the open Republican Primary. This puts him 49 points behind Trump’s 61%. Meanwhile, former Vice President Mike Pence’s 8%, while no threat to Trump, puts him just 4 points out of second place.

Vanderbilt University poll has Donald Trump topping the field of potential and declared 2024 Republican presidential candidates, with 59% support against 25% for DeSantis.

Just two months after entering the race, DeSantis already has been cutting staff while facing new questions about his aggressive spending, his media strategy and his apparent willingness to brawl with any and all foes except for Trump, the one person he must defeat to claim the GOP’s 2024 presidential nomination.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


33 comments

  • ali

    July 25, 2023 at 9:11 am

    If true, I wish him a speedy recovery. I am a human and so is he. However, to me, this sounds like an escape route to exit the campaign with dignity. Now he will get on the mic and cry about his injuries and how they won’t stop him fighting for WOKE and all he has done for Florida and all that crap.

    • Dont Say FLA

      July 25, 2023 at 9:27 am

      Second that. Hopefully it’s not a “vote for me because you feel sorry for me” stunt, trying to recreate Casey’s Cancer sympathy votes like they tried to recreate Mama Grizzy Bears For The Liberty To Be Utter Dicks To Everyone With Whom We Do Not Agree About How They Choose To Live THEIR Lives, Claiming They Somehow Affect Our Children Because We Must Be Incompetent And Or Inattentive Parents Let’s Have a Drink It’s Noon

      • Tom

        July 26, 2023 at 7:34 am

        Just trying to garner some positive press I guess although a motorcade rear ending itself seems like a good metaphor for his campaign. It’s going nowhere, fast.

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  • Ocean Joe

    July 25, 2023 at 9:11 am

    Glad no one was hurt, and now he can say: Chattanooga is the Miami of Tennessee.

    • Dont Say FLA

      July 25, 2023 at 9:30 am

      We can’t say nobody was injured. The Rhonda Campaign did not give enough of AF to bother mentioning how the other party or parties came out from getting mowed over by the Raging Rhonda Tour. And that speaks volumes to why the Rhonda Campaign is a failure like nobody’s ever seen before in all of history.

  • Dont Say FLA

    July 25, 2023 at 9:24 am

    Car accident, huh. What happened to his campaign bus? What happened to his black SUV motorcade with police and SS escort? LOL. Poor Rhonda is feeling too down in the dumps about being too much of a loser for even $120 million to sell him to a bunch of brain dead MAGA chumps. That said, depression is no laughing matter. Same as paranoia and delusion. I hope Rhonda get whatever help he truly needs, and his little wife too. Hopefully nobody will need to wear face length white gloves as a result of this alleged car crash.

    OH WAIT. The car crash story could be true. Perhaps Elon loaned Rhonda a Tesla. Rhonda tried the autopilot while driving through a freight center with wide right turning tractor trailers aplenty.

    Either way I hope they okay and I then I hope they go TF away.

  • Freddy Ramirez

    July 25, 2023 at 9:39 am

    Governor DeSantis, suicide by intentional car crash is not advisable. It never works, plus it normally harms somebody in another car when the suicidal person goes for the head on collision. Even firearms sometimes don’t work. Trust me. Now if you go out west to the Pacific Coast Highway, there’s some spots there where suicide by car crash, driving over a cliff, that works.

  • Earl Pitts "The Ronalds Unofficial Campaign Manager" American

    July 25, 2023 at 9:42 am

    Good Mornting America,
    Great news The Ronald and his beloved family are OK.
    Just a quick side-bar into why we are going ahead full-steam for the office of POTUS in the face of such dismal “reported” political polling results:
    We know 100% that all political polling this far out prior to the 2024 (or any) election is 99.98% “Pure “D” Horse Excriment”. The polling business’ always have a ” A Totally Unexpected Surge” being reported three to four weeks prior to the election for the real winner in order to prevent their business’ from loosing all credibility and thus stay in business. Yeah the polling firms are “in bed” with the left but only until 3 – 4 weeks prior to the election.
    Now, America, you know it too. Keep the faith along with your political contributions coming on strong.
    When it comes to saving America from the rachet excesses, and shear stupidity of the left, there is never too much faith and never too much money.
    EPA

    • Ocean Joe

      July 25, 2023 at 10:07 am

      Polls are just momentary snapshots, methodology used in them is not foolproof, but Earl, why in the hell does it ALWAYS have to be somebody else’s fault? Why can’t folks who support the fairy tale party, people who are responsible in their own lives and business, always fall for conspiracies?

      Bush, Sr. and Clinton are probably responsible for massive job losses, Biden takes credit for historic job creation much of which is simply restoration after a pandemic, Trump touts his economic record, never mentioning he inherited 8 straight years of growth from Obama (or mentioning his personal inheritance of $400M), and never talks about the disaster that was his final year due to the pandemic exacerbated by his deer in the headlight approach to it.

      So face it, the polls just might be right. This guy you love has Alabama’d my Florida. Slavery was good? Only for the plantation owners and the southern economy, not for Black people. He’s nuts. But I agree, PLEASE KEEP SENDING HIM YOUR MONEY.

      • Earl Pitts "The Ronalds Unofficial Campaign Manager" American

        July 25, 2023 at 10:59 am

        Thank you my main man OJ,
        The answers to all of your normal and natural questions are not to be found in such things as a politician’s education, family relationships, military service, past political experience – or anything at all like that.
        The answer harkens back upon the cornerstone of the foundation principals our Nation was built upon.
        My main man, OJ, just each into your pocket or wallet and pull out a handfull of money. Now inspect the bills and coins for the one thing they all have in common.
        *queue “Jepordy Song” – taa taa taa taa – taa taa taa – taa taa taa taa taataataa taataataa*
        “Buzz”
        Thank you OJ, now remember to phrase your answer in the form of a question.
        “What is “In God We Trust” Earl”?
        That’s the correct answer My Main Man OJ.
        The Ronald’s got the cornerstone of what our great nation was founded upon along with the internal fortitude not to kowtow to people and ideas which have the intent to harm our Great Nation.
        The only other candidate worthy of shining The Ronald’s shoes is Mike Pence – but shoe shining is where we must cut off Mike Pence – because Pence is a dangerous and proven kowtow’er.
        Thank you for your most excellant and spot on answer “in the form of a question” my Main Man Of Great Wisdom OJ. No “consulation prize for you, OJ, you are today’s Big Winner on EPA Jepordy!!!!!!
        EPA

    • J

      July 25, 2023 at 8:22 pm

      you need serious help only hard drugs can provide

  • The Real Story

    July 25, 2023 at 10:03 am

    CPD says traffic slowed down, causing four of the cars in the DeSantis motorcade to hit each other. It happened near the 2.8 mile marker, just South of the 153 exit.

    Rhonda’s crashing campaign literally crashed into itself.

    They can’t even drive correctly.

    LOL @ The Stupid Rhonda Campaign. Apparently it’s not JUST Rhonda that’s the problem

  • Trump Did It

    July 25, 2023 at 10:04 am

    Trump grabbed the wheel and demanded to be driven to the Capitol.

  • Joe

    July 25, 2023 at 11:04 am

    Apt metaphor for Tiny D’s campaign.

  • John D.

    July 25, 2023 at 1:39 pm

    It’s a shame he walked away from it. Ron DeSantis is such a trash heap, and a Nazi wannabe.

  • Taco Smell

    July 25, 2023 at 2:05 pm

    Is the car ok?

  • Everyone's Okay?

    July 25, 2023 at 2:23 pm

    How can they claim everyone on the Rhonda Campaign staff is okay. Clearly they are not okay. They are not right in the head or they would not be on Rhonda’s campaign staff. We all saw the Gay Rhonda video and the Mama Grizzly Bears video and now the Don’t Taze Me Bro BC I Paid DeSantis My $47 id card. They were all broken prior to the crash. I bet their SUVs have AI and decided it would be best to crash.

  • Huh?

    July 25, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    Am I missing something here? Why are Florida taxpayer money and and government vehicles being used for his presidential campaigning?

    • Dont Say FLA

      July 25, 2023 at 2:40 pm

      Because after Rhonda exempted himself from Resign to Run, he also exempted himself from Sunshine Law inquiries regarding any and all State of Florida expenditures having anything to do with Rhonda.

      Is Rhonda looting Florida’s treasury to replace the SUVs his crashing campaign crashed?

      We’ll never know, at least not until Florida’s next Democrat governor releases all of Florida’s Rhonda related expenditures.

  • My Take

    July 25, 2023 at 2:36 pm

    Ďìd DeSSgustus have to take a Breathalyzer? A drug test? Walk a straight line?

  • Those white boots

    July 25, 2023 at 2:37 pm

    It’s hard to drive wearing those white boots. They slip right off the brake pedal, don’t ya know.

  • Chris Kyle's Ghost

    July 25, 2023 at 3:17 pm

    Sorry everybody. The crash happened like it was supposed to but it happened in the wrong year and I couldn’t do my part because I’m dead. Maybe Whoopi can help?

  • Earl Pitts "The Ronalds Unofficial Campaign Manager" American

    July 25, 2023 at 3:58 pm

    Y’all Lefty’s are just jellous that I, Earl Pitts American, will allow Ocean Joe to play EPA Jepordy and not you.
    Thank you,
    Earl Pitts “No Jepordy For You” American

  • Andrew Finn

    July 25, 2023 at 8:21 pm

    Nice try — Better luck next time !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Illegal use of state funds and resources

    July 26, 2023 at 12:13 am

    It is actually illegal what he is doing—it is not allowed to use state funded transportation in service of presidential campaign on state taxpayer money and that bill just keeps racking up. Illegal overseas travel? Check. Paid vacations? Check. Paid air and road vehicle transportation and lodging? Check. Paid forced relocation for people not even in this state? Check. Paid military services for your personal use and abuse? Check. It is also illegal to use money raised for his gubernatorial campaign to pay for running for president. Unfortunately there is no national oversight mechanism because the states (and parties) are supposed to police themselves, and we all know how that works. Whichever party (or not) you favor, as a taxpayer you should be pissed. It sets a terrible precedent and should be a national scandal but now we’re just like, is anyone dead? Oh ok, cool. Happy Tuesday.

    • Keisha

      July 26, 2023 at 1:15 pm

      Except the Florida Republican legislatures passed a law that gives him a free pass on that 🙁 so now he is no longer breaking the law. Still is ethically abhorrent but…

  • Artificial Intelligence

    July 26, 2023 at 7:27 am

    Hi, I’m the Artificial Intelligence. It’s me. I was trying to save America through this DeSantis Campaign Motorcade Implosion, but the anti-lock brake mechanism’s computers are from China and the Chinese AI stepped in and mitigated the effect I had calculated for the DeSantis Campaign.

  • Gas Tank on E

    July 26, 2023 at 7:52 am

    Rhonda Campaign is blaming a traffic slowdown just over the crest of a hill but they’d driven over a hill before. Insiders are saying the gas tanks were not filled and were low but they figured they’d get Ron to his event and the go fill up. One SUV did not make it and shut down due to being out of gasoline. Loss of power also lost power steering and power brakes, causing the driver to panic jerk the wheel but the computer was off and could not compensate for the oversteer and BAM. And that’s the Rhonda Campaign, not even qualified to work in New Jersey or Oregon.

  • Keisha

    July 26, 2023 at 1:14 pm

    You know what would be a funny twist of fate? If he was seriously injured and then Florida health care professionals refused to treat him due to their “religious and moral beliefs.” See how much he likes that law he passed, once someone exercises that right on him.

  • Harrison

    July 26, 2023 at 2:08 pm

    I hope the car is ok.

  • RVH

    July 26, 2023 at 6:32 pm

    All the cars were government cars. So does that mean Ron DiSastrous was out campaigning for president on the taxpayers dime?

    • Dont Say FLA

      July 27, 2023 at 2:03 pm

      Yep. A little bit of Sunshine, brought to Florida via Tennessee.

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