Harry Reid Suffers Rib, Hip Bruises in Car Crash

Senate majority leader hurt in 6-vehicle Vegas accident

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Oct 26, 2012 4:26 PM CDT

(Newser) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was discharged from the hospital less than three hours after an apparent rear-end crash today on a Las Vegas freeway, a hospital spokeswoman said. Reid suffered rib and hip contusions in the crash that happened this afternoon, staffers said. He was taken to the hospital by his security detail as a precaution. Reid, 72, was wearing a seatbelt at the time of impact, and walked into the hospital on his own.

Reid officials say other members of the senator's security detail and a staffer had minor injuries and were taken to the hospital for evaluation. Six vehicles were involved in the apparent chain-reaction crash, including two Las Vegas police vehicles and two Capitol Police vehicles that were escorting Reid. Images from the scene showed broken glass, bumper damage, and deflated tires on some of the vehicles. Two lanes were closed and four tow trucks were summoned to the freeway that runs parallel to the Las Vegas Strip, Nevada Highway Patrol spokesman Jeremie Elliott said.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. pauses during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 28, 2012.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. pauses during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 28, 2012.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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