Officials in Belgrade say a local employee of the U.S. Embassy has accidentally crashed into a motorcade in which the president of Serbia, Boris Tadic, was traveling.

Serbian Interior Minister Dragan Jocic said Wednesday that what had been feared to be an assassination attempt turned out to be a traffic offense.

The minister also said the driver, identified as Miroslav Cimpl, became very aggravated while trying to pass the motorcade. The minister also said that when Mr. Cimpl spotted flashing lights, he panicked and hit the president's car.

The pro-Western Mr. Tadic was not hurt.

Pro-Western Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic was assassinated last year in front of his office building in Belgrade.

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