Harry Reid Hospitalized After Car Crash, In Good Condition


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(CNN) — Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, was released from the hospital on Friday afternoon after he sustained non-life threatening injuries following an accident in his motorcade.

Reid was released shortly before 4 p.m. local time, and was in good condition after the accident, said Karen Gordon, a spokeswoman for University Medical Center in Las Vegas.

The accident occurred as Reid’s caravan of four vehicles was traveling northbound on Interstate 15.

Reid’s Senate office said in a statement the top Democrat walked into the hospital on his own, and was wearing a seatbelt when the accident happened. He experienced rib and hip contusions, and was cleared for release. Other members of Reid’s contingent had minor injuries, the statement read, and were evaluated at the same hospital. Reid’s wife was not in the car.

Reid, 72, was transferred to the hospital in Las Vegas by one of his caravan vehicles.

The accident happened when vehicles in Reid’s motorcade crashed with another civilian vehicle, according to the Nevada highway patrol’s public information officer Loy Hixson.

Sgt. Kevin Honea of the Nevada Department of Public Safety said there were a total of six vehicles involved in the incident and five were at the scene when the highway patrol arrived.

Honea said speed did not appear to be a factor in the incident.

“Any possibility of citation will be pending on where we get with the investigation,” he told CNN.

The accident occurred in an area which frequently sees crashes, Honea said.

CNN’s Amanda Watts, Dana Bash and Ted Barrett contributed to this report.

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