Video: Chaos at Cory Booker Speech After Van Crashes Into Venue

Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker saw his event in Florida dramatically interrupted on Sunday as a minivan crashed a few feet from where he was speaking.

The incident unfolded close to Mo Space by Miami Soul Café in Miami Gardens, where a Ford Windstar slammed against a pole outside the venue.

The woman at the wheel was taken into custody. Miami Gardens Police spokeswoman Carolyn Frazer told WPLG the crash was purely accidental and not an attempt to harm Booker.

Following the crash, event organizers moved the crowd outside the building after expressing concern over its structural integrity. Nobody was harmed, and Booker continued speaking with attendees before the event resumed after a short delay.

"I'm glad the people involved are safe, and it's an unfortunate accident that happened," Booker was quoted as saying by the Miami Herald.

Along with U.S. Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Eric Swalwell, the New Jersey senator was one of the Democratic members of Congress to receive death threats earlier this month. But Booker was unfazed by the crash on Sunday, saying his political career had taught him to keep his nerves under control.

"I have been a former mayor," he was quoted as saying by WPLG.

"We have dealt with a lot of crises. The key is to remain calm and see what you can do to help other people."

Booker's speech in Miami was part of his Justice for All tour, which advocates restoring voting rights to people who have been convicted of felonies.

In November 2018, Florida voted in favor of changing the law to allow previously convicted felons to vote. Lawmakers are yet to reach an agreement on how to implement the measure.

Booker was critical of a bill passed in the state's House of Representatives stating that felons would regain the right to vote only after they paid all outstanding fines and fees.

"That's not the law of the land yet," he said.

"We saw House Republicans do something that puts up a serious obstacle for people to get their voting rights restored. This was an amazing moment in America.

"Now the House is going to move to put up obstacles and barriers to that? That's just not right. It's wrong. I'm hoping that bill doesn't make it in the Senate."

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Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) speaks during a meet-and-greet with Young Democrats of UNLV as part of his "Justice For All" tour at UNLV on April 18 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Booker is campaigning for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president. Ethan Miller/Getty Images