Obama’s limo, ‘The Beast,’ breaks down before his arrival

March 20, 2013 21:23

US President Barack Obama’s official limousine, dubbed “The Beast,” broke down after its driver refueled it using unleaded gasoline instead of diesel, an official said Wednesday. It’s said to only run on diesel fuel.

According to Fox News, the limo failed to start, and was towed in Jerusalem at 10 a.m. Obama, who landed at Ben-Gurion International airport in the afternoon, was not in the country at the time the vehicle broke down.A second presidential limo was brought to transport Obama from the airport.

“We experienced mechanical trouble with one of the cars,” Edwin Donovan, a spokesman for the Secret Service, told a pool reporter traveling with Obama. “We don’t know the cause.”

Donovan couldn’t confirm reports the limo was refueled using gasoline rather than diesel.

The presidential limousine is a specially built Cadillac that’s estimated to weigh 8 tons. Although the Secret Service does not disclose details about the vehicle, it reportedly features several inches of armor and bulletproof glass, special suspension to absorb blasts and doors and windows that hermetically sealed in the event of a gas attack.

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