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Friday, October 26, 2012

Reid Involved in Minor Car Accident

Senator Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada and the majority leader in the chamber, was involved in a minor car accident in his home state on Friday and was taken to a hospital as a precaution, aides said.

Mr. Reid, 72, walked into the hospital himself after the accident, which local reports said took place on Interstate 15 in Las Vegas and involved several cars, including one in which Mr. Reid was traveling.

The senator was taken to University Medical Center on Friday afternoon, according to a local news report. The accident reportedly happened around 1 p.m. local time.

Two people close to Mr. Reid said the Senator did not appear to be injured in the crash. It was not immediately clear from local news reports whether anyone else was injured in the crash.

Mr. Reid's wife, Landra, and his daughter, Lana, were involved in a serious car accident in 20010, leaving Mrs. Reid with a broken back and neck. Mr. Reid talked about the accident to reporters shortly after it happened.

“They were driving down 95 and slowed down a little bit and they were struck from behind by such a powerful vehicle - a great big semi truck and trailer,” Mr. Reid told Politico in March 2010. “It hit them so hard, crushed three rows of seats in a regular-sized van, crushed the first two seats, thew my wife forward, broke her seat belt, she doesn't remember the accident, my daughter does.”