Sen. Harry Reid Hospitalized After Car Accident
(LAS VEGAS) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., was hospitalized briefly Friday after his caravan was involved in a six-car crash in Nevada, but his condition is “good” and he does not have life threatening injuries.
“Senator Reid’s condition is good,” Karen Gordon of the University Medical Center in Las Vegas confirmed to ABC News.
“He experienced rib and hip contusions and has been cleared for release by the doctors,” Sen. Reid’s office said in a statement. Some of Senator Reid’s detail and a staffer had minor injuries in the accident and were evaluated at UMC.
The crash happened shortly after 4 p.m. Eastern Time while his caravan of four cars was driving on I-15 northbound hear Sahara. Reid is a member of the Congressional leadership so he gets a security detail.
Reid, according to aides, was just taken to the hospital “as a precaution” and walked in on his own. He was wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident, according to an aide. He has since been released from the hospital.
Earlier Friday Reid had delivered the keynote address at the dedication of the National Atomic Testing Museum. Reid’s wife was not with him during the accident, she was at an event with first lady Michelle Obama in Nevada.
The Reid family has been prone to accidents and health related incidents in the last few years.
In March of 2011 Reid’s wife and daughter were hospitalized after their own, and very serious, car crash in Northern Virginia. His wife was hospitalized with a broken back and neck after a truck slammed into the back of the minivan they were riding in.
In addition, Senator Reid in May 2011 slipped in the rain in Washington, DC and dislocated his shoulder and had a bump over his left eye.
Not an accident, but another health related incident, Mrs. Reid was also diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer in September of 2011 but is so far making a full recovery.
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