Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was prevented from attending a fundraiser in Baltimore on Tuesday after a crash blocked traffic south of the welcome center named after him, campaign spokeswoman Remi Yamamoto confirmed.
The Delaware Department of Transportation said the I-95 highway in Newark had to be closed in both directions after a tractor trailer overturned. The accident happened just south of the Biden Welcome Center and forcing the former vice president to deliver his remarks over speakerphone, apologizing for not being able to make it.
“We were on time heading down to see you all and there was a major, major accident. A tractor trailer overturned, we later learned. We sat there for about 40, 45 minutes — maybe longer,” he said, according to a pool report.
Biden was traveling from another event in Wilmington, Delaware, where he told the crowd that President Donald Trump would have to face impeachment proceedings if he continued to refuse to cooperate with Congress.
“But if we allow a president to get away with shredding the United States Constitution, this is going to last forever. This goes well beyond me. This is a national problem. This isn’t a Democratic problem. This isn’t a Republican problem. If I dropped out tomorrow, the fact is we can’t let this happen,” Biden said in his remarks to the fundraiser.
The former vice president stressed that he is often the subject of Trump’s attacks because he presents a serious threat to Trump’s re-election bid, before reiterating support for holding the President accountable.
Later in the day, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump, a move that comes only days after reports that Trump asked the Ukrainian president to investigate Biden and his son, Hunter.
On Sunday, Trump admitted he had discussed Bides with Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelensky, but defended his conversation with the Ukrainian leader as “appropriate.” Trump said on Tuesday that he would release a transcript of the phone call.