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US Senator Harry Reid taken to hospital after car crash

Last Updated: Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 11:45

Las Vegas: Troopers say Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been taken to the hospital in an ambulance after what appears to be a rear-end crash on an interstate highway through Las Vegas.

Nevada Highway Patrol Office spokesman Jeremie Elliott says he doesn`t know Reid`s condition after the crash, which happened yesterday afternoon.

The freeway runs parallel to the Las Vegas Strip.

Elliott says six vehicles were involved in the apparent chain-reaction crash, including two Las Vegas police vehicles, two civilian vehicle and two Capitol Police vehicles.

Elliott says two lanes were closed and four tow trucks were summoned. It`s not clear whether anyone else was injured. Officials in Reid`s office said it wasn`t immediately clear where the Democratic Senator was headed.

The 72-year-old Reid spoke earlier in the day at a Las Vegas ceremony celebrating the National Atomic Testing Museum, which was officially named a "national" museum yesterday.

He was also due to speak to the editorial board of Spanish-language newspaper El Tiempo at 2:30 pm, according to editor Hernando Amaya.

Reid`s wife Landra was speaking at an event featuring first lady Michelle Obama at roughly the time the crash happened, but she made no mention of the incident.


First Published: Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 08:55
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