October 10th, 2007
10:21 AM ET
11 years ago

Michelle Obama's campaign van in car accident

Mrs. Obama was on her way to a campaign event when the accident happened.

(CNN) - Michelle Obama, the wife of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, escaped injury Tuesday when her campaign van was involved in an accident in Hampton, Iowa. A motorcyclist who struck the van was injured.

The accident happened as she was en route to a campaign stop. A motorcycle collided with the van on U.S. Highway 65 in the central part of the state.

The Obama campaign said in a statement, "The motorcyclist was transported to a nearby hospital, and Barack and Michelle's thoughts and prayers are with him and his family at this time. Neither Mrs. Obama nor any members of the campaign staff were injured in the accident."

Police identified the motorcyclist as Timothy Scott Emerson, 41, of Iowa Falls, Iowa. He was taken by medical helicopter to Mercy Medical North Hospital, where a nursing supervisor said he was treated and released.

A report from the Hampton Police Department said the van carrying Michelle Obama was trying to make a left turn when it was struck. The motorcycle, which was three vehicles behind the campaign van, attempted to pass and struck the left side of the van, the report said, while traveling on the wrong side of the road.

The campaign event she was headed to was canceled.

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- CNN's Steve Brusk, Devon Sayers and Chris Welch contributed to this report

Filed under: Iowa • Michelle Obama
soundoff (105 Responses)
  1. Brian, syracuse NY

    The idiots making jokes about this are absolutely sickening.

    October 10, 2007 09:39 am at 9:39 am |

    Barak should look no farther than to his side when he gets ready to choose his running mate. Michelle Obama is one very savvy ,sophisticated and oh so attractive women and would only enhance his campain.

    October 10, 2007 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  3. B, Baltimore

    Hussein Obama is not muslim as if Larry Craig is not gay

    anon, ottawa, OH

    You are a bleeding IDIOT. Get you head out of your rear. Nothing you listed makes Obama Muslim, if anything it makes him well rounded.

    October 10, 2007 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  4. Doug, Warsaw, IN

    My goodness, bigotry certainly is alive and well, isn't it! As I look at it, if Michelle Obama doesn't look or act like a first lady, that will become increasingly apparent to everybody as the campaign continues, and as more people meet and hear her.

    As for her husband, IF he is really Islamic, he clearly is NOT a hard-line conservative one. And, IF he is really a Christian, he clearly is NOT a hard-line conservative one. I really think we can write religion out of the equation for this candidate, and take him at face value. If you like what you see, go for it. If you don't, vote elsewhere. But, for crying out loud, can't we leave the petty, small-mindedness out of it?

    As a motorcyclist myself, based on the police report, I can see that the motorcyclist is to blame, as motorcyclists often are, for riding dangerous vehicles in aggressive manner. I don't see any reason that this should be used to smudge Michelle or her husband.

    October 10, 2007 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  5. Mark B, Minneapolis, MN

    "Obama's campign team on the van cared only their goal to arrive campaign place on time, never cared others."

    Wait, what? So a motorcyclist blatantly breaks the rules of the road and passes a column of vehicles without caring what that column is doing; how is that not his fault just because he struck a vehicle carrying a VIP? I'm sorry, this is ludicrous.

    October 10, 2007 09:53 am at 9:53 am |

    PLEASE lets get the facts straight is true the next first lady in the white house will not be black or a white woman it WILL BE A MAN>>>>>>>>>!

    October 10, 2007 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  7. Pat, Huntington, NY

    I'm sure the hillary haters will somehow blame this on her.

    October 10, 2007 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  8. therealist

    Do you think CNN want Obama to win the Dem nomination? Do you think they hold any power to sway opinion??

    This is why the media should be called on its bias no matter who the target is. CNN's liberal corruption hurts everyone, on both sides.. Join me in the call for political equality from the media..

    October 10, 2007 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  9. Arshad

    Ahmad Kazim,
    Are you a muslim? Your name suggests so. You may also be a non-muslim Arab.
    Or you are just a plain ignorant person that is faking a muslim name.

    For ignorants like you, without knowledge or wisdom, Hussain/Hussein is an Arabic word. The meaning of this word is "NICE". You will find many non-muslim in Arab who has an Arabic name. Being Arab is their culture, nationality is which country they live in and religion is what they believe in. Since the religion Islam started in Arab, Quran is written in Arabic, muslims around the world (even not from middle east) having an Arabic name.

    Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, had 2 grandsons, Hassan and Hussain. Sons of his only daughter, Fatema. During early day of preaching Islam, Muhammad was attacked time and time again, to prevent him preaching from Islam. He defended the religion with his values, integrity and character. He also defended in battle field when a battle was imposed on him. During one of those battle, these two young men (Hassan and Hussain) sacrficed their lives to defend the religion and the prophet. Muslims and Arabs tend to name their kid after the name of Hussain or Hassan to show respect to their dedication and sacrifice. This is coming from 1400 years ago and has nothing to do with Saddam Hussain in Iraq. So stop this crap.
    If I do a goggle or yahoo search for George+criminal, I can find many Georges who are robbers, murderers, rapist, serial killiers, arsonits...
    Don't tell me these criminals earn a bad name for George Washington, George Bush 1 or 2 just because they share the same name.
    Face Obama if you can, on ideas, values, integrity, passion, wisdom, knowledge. That's a fair game. Don't spread irresponsible and nonsense notions when you have no clue what you are talking about. First learn yourself and then share your opinion with others.

    October 10, 2007 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  10. Megan, Atlanta, GA

    Gravel was right, Americans are getting fatter and dumber. Just look at the comments posted here.

    October 10, 2007 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  11. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    I'm glad to hear the motorcyclist will be allright. Please ignore the childish ramblings of the hate radio sect.

    Posted By Sam, IA : October 10, 2007 3:43 am

    Guess what "Sammy", the next correct thing you post will be your first.

    Guzzle your kool-aid and sit back, the grownups are talking.

    This has nothing to do with hate radio or Republicans or Concervatives.

    Kyu, Providence and anon are all Hillary supporters and I have to tell you, I am disgusted at their comments.

    Even as a Republican/Independent I think the world of this woman (sorry Bea, I love her and HATE Hillary) and for anyone to make light of this accident is unfathomaable.

    October 10, 2007 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  12. Mike Dallas, TX


    Could you please use EDITORIAL JUDGEMENT and remove this peace?

    This is a NEWS that came and already went. Sensible people whether they support Obama or not Should just offer their prayers to the people involved in the accident and move on.

    Instead by leaving the post on you are allowing the forum to become a stage of hate speech.

    Again, editorial wise there is nothing to be discussed here: a traffic accident except one of the people happens to be Michelle Obama.

    Can you please remove this? Can we move on?

    October 10, 2007 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  13. 82Silk, Atlanta, GA

    Why did the wriers of this article deceive people on the front page of CNN. tHE FRONT PAGE READ "Ms. (its Mrs.) Obama's car collides with motorbike.

    Then when you click to read the article, the heading is "Michelle Obama's campaign van in car accident.

    Why did you writers try to underhand Mrs. Obama and the truth. You are terrible writers and would not be my employee.

    October 10, 2007 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  14. Philip, Elkhart IN

    Sorry about my last post that got taken down. I didn't realize biting sarcasm wasn't allowed on here anymore.

    October 10, 2007 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  15. Arkay, MI

    Arshad, Bravo. Good posting

    October 10, 2007 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  16. Allan Parsons, New York, NY

    I couldn't agree more. The headline to this story is misleading, and it has appeared on the front page of CNN for two days. Seriously, CNN, stop trying to get the click throughs. And while I'm venting, please allow us to READ the news on your site instead of offering only commercial-laced videos. I'm going to switch to msnbc.com starting today.

    October 10, 2007 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  17. Colony 14 author, Mount Prospect, Illinois

    Thank goodness she wasn't killed, or Obama would win the election with the sympathy vote.

    October 10, 2007 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  18. Robert

    I'm starting to think we were living a lie. I thought there was hope for this country. But I see the truth now especially with the majority of these post. A vast majority of white people really are racist and only care about themselves.

    I hope the motorcyclist (who caused the accident) is okay. I prayers go out to him and the Obama family.

    October 10, 2007 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  19. Me, Fullerton, CA

    "Obama is NOT Muslim. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being Muslim. Muslims are a peaceful people. Except for the extremists (but, of course, every religion has extremists)."

    Posted By Leila, Long Beach, CA : October 9, 2007 11:47 pm

    Obama might be "not" muslim because if he is explicitly muslim, no one (or a few only) will vote for him. But his "true faith" is muslim. You can observe his behavior carefully in more details to see if all his main behavior will reflect muslim values or christian values.

    Second, it's true every religion has extremists, but muslim's extremists are the worst. If there is any other religion extremists have caused damage to the world, compare it with muslim's extremists, how much damage each extremists have caused. You tried to persuade people that muslim is a peaceful religion?
    You won't succeed, because facts are more important than words! The fact is muslim is a destructive religion not a contructive one! I bet you must be a muslim Leila. If you are not, than let me give you a lessson about what Koran is.

    Also you Bradley Schaubs from Greeley, CO. If you are really not a muslim, I can teach you about Koran and you will be amazed what Koran teaches about killing and destroying the world. Those are Mohammad's commands! He is the man of sword!

    October 10, 2007 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  20. Tom Dedham, Mass

    I'm sure the hillary haters will somehow blame this on her.

    Posted By Pat, Huntington, NY : October 10, 2007 10:04 am

    Sorry "Pat" the three who wrote the most hateful things here (anon, providence and Kyu) are all Hillary supporters. Sorry when facts get in the way. The accident was simply an accident of course.

    I know Bea likes to say that men who don't support Hillary are sexist, blah, blah, blah, but the fact of the matter is that I indeed do HATE Hillary based on the facts and her words and actions, I respect and admire Michelle for her words and actions.

    October 10, 2007 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  21. Robert M. Reidy N.Y.

    I would suggest to all who would like to see just how wonderful and caring and professional Michelle Obama would be as a First Lady, to check out her story on the right hand side of the Obama 08 home page on their website.

    Please consider the courage of this man
    running for president as a black man even with the arrogant and ignorant
    racism that is apparent on this CNN
    site. Not to mention the hatred spuing
    from religious bigots of all kinds.

    Also consider Barak Obama's resume of real life on the ground experience in
    community organization and teaching constitutional law as well as being a state and federal elected official.

    Barak Obama and Michelle Obama are a
    rare gift of leadership that comes around only once in a century. I hope
    we as a nation do not miss the boat
    and elect the same corrupt bunch
    of the old and stagnant politicians
    who are bought and sold by the corporate elite.

    Time for real and creative change!

    The world is watching!

    Vote for the smartest guy in the room!

    Baarock the vote!!!

    October 10, 2007 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  22. Jay, Edgartown, MA

    Anyone else think Ahmad Kazim might've been.... gasp.... being sarcastic?!

    October 10, 2007 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  23. Craig H, Mpls, MN

    I agree, good post Arshad. Are we to be a nation ruled by fear or a nation ruled by logic? It is up to us.

    October 10, 2007 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  24. Coach Haughotn NH

    He was born a muslim, with a muslim african father, and raised by a muslim Indonesian stepfather.

    – He was given a muslim middle name, hussein.

    – Once muslim at borth, he is considered muslim for life, per their tradition.

    – His mother kept a koran at home.

    – He was raised by muslim Indonesian stepfathr in Indonesia, a muslim country.

    – Based on his book, Audacity of Hope, Obama admitted that he went to a muslim school in Indonesia.

    – His United Church minister said Obama did not regularly attend the church.

    Many muslim are killing our soldiers. It is ironic that we may have a muslim president.
    – He bought a parcent of land at a big discount from a muslim lobbyist.

    Posted By anon, ottawa, OH : October 10, 2007 9:02 am

    Just so you guys know this is 100% BS!

    He never knew his father and his stepfather became aetheist.

    All of this crap suggests that someone cannot be saved. If you militant christians believed in what you defend you would try to go out and save some muslims instead of slandering good christians.

    except that barack did go to a basra as a young child...about the only good school available in indonesia...where the school is sponsored by a local mosque but they do not teach religion.

    October 10, 2007 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  25. Coach Haughton NH

    Arshad that was the greatest comment ever.

    October 10, 2007 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
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