Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s wife broke her back and neck and his daughter suffered a neck injury in an auto accident, a spokesman said late Thursday afternoon.
“Their injuries are non-life threatening,” Jon Summers, Reid’s spokesman, said in a statement. The Nevada Democrat’s family was traveling along a “Washington, D.C. highway” when “their vehicle was rear-ended by a semi-truck,” Summers said.
“Senator Reid’s wife, Landra, and daughter, Lana, were involved in an accident earlier today. They are being treated at a Washington-area hospital. While driving on a Washington, DC, highway, their vehicle was rear-ended by a semi-truck. Mrs. Reid has broken nose, broken back and broken neck. Lana has a neck injury and facial lacerations. Both Mrs. Reid and Lana are conscious, can feel their extremities, and according to doctors their injuries are non-life threatening. Senator Reid has been to the hospital and appreciates the support he and his family are receiving from Nevadans and his colleagues in the Senate.”
UPDATE: Reid returned to Capitol Hill to participate in health care talks after visiting his wife and daughter in the hospital. Reid spokesman Jim Manley said that the senator’s wife continues to undergo testing.
“Let’s be clear, for those who may know, he loves that woman more than life itself,” Manley told reporters. “But she’s in good hands at the hospital and (he) felt the need to come back and work on this piece of legislation and he’ll be heading back to the hospital as quickly as possible. I just spoke to him and he’s looking forward to getting back to the hospital.”
Update Friday 11:48 a.m.: From Reid spokesman Jim Manley: “Mrs. Reid remains in serious condition. Lana was released last night. Sen. Reid and Landra’s family is coming to be by her side. Sen. Reid was at the hospital until almost midnight last night. He stayed there until the doctors told him he needed to leave so his wife could rest. He returned first thing this morning to be with her and is still there.”
– CNN Congressional Producer Ted Barrett contributed to this report
Read the Virginia State Police statement regarding the accident after the jump:
For Immediate Release: March 11, 2010
TRACTOR-TRAILER CAUSES FOUR-VEHICLE TRAFFIC CRASH
IN FAIRFAX COUNTY
FAIRFAX CO., Va. – An Ohio man has been charged in a four-vehicle crash that occurred Thursday afternoon (March 11, 2010) on Interstate 95 in Fairfax County. At 1:10 p.m., Virginia State Police Trooper Hindenlang responded to the crash that occurred in the northbound lanes of I-95 approximately 3/10 of a mile south of Route 7100.
Northbound traffic on I-95 near Route 7100 in Fairfax County was stop and go. As a 2005 Honda Odyssey began braking for the northbound traffic, it was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer. The impact forced the Honda Odyssey to rear-end the vehicle in front of it, a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Jeep Grand Cherokee was then forced into the next lane over where it struck a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt.
The driver and passenger of the Honda Odyssey, driver of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and driver of the Chevrolet Cobalt were all transported by ambulance to Fairfax Inova Hospital. None of the injuries is considered life-threatening. Every individual was wearing a safety belt.
The tractor-trailer driver, Alan W. Snader, 59, of Ohio, was charged with reckless driving. Snader was not injured in the crash. The tractor-trailer was loaded with rolls of plastic.
The two northbound lanes of I-95 were re-opened at approximately 3 p.m.
HONDA ODYSSEY DRIVER: Lana Reid Barringer, 48, of McClean, Va.
HONDA ODYSSEY PASSENGER: Landra G. Reid, 69, of Arizona
JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE DRIVER: Michelle Helaire, 40, of Woodbridge, Va.
CHEVROLET COBALT DRIVER: Monika Krese, 57, of Dale City, Va.
TRACTOR-TRAILER DRIVER: Alan W. Snader, 59, of Ohio
Best wishes for the Reid family from a conservative guy.
What is this political ill wishing all about. Bottom line, Reid like him or not served our Nation and deserves to be respected. I am a Republican and respect Reid. I may disagree with him but do not ill will to him or his family. My prayers are for him and that his family as well as others involved in the accident to recover as best they can from what ever their injuries are.
Political beliefs have no place when it comes to someone's family well being. Lets just hope they ok.
There is clearly no limit to the depths that some people are willing to sink to. Regardless of your feelings about Senator Reid, surely we have not reached a point at which we are so bereft of simple human kindness that injuries to his wife and daughter are either celebrated or utilized to make sick and hateful jokes. Obviously, we have. God Bless America.
Dont know why everyone is writing about politics when the news is about an accident, where is the respect or concern for human life.
Sorry to hear about Sen.Reid!s wife and daughter being hurt .There is an old expression which says if you have nothing nice to say as in this instant say nothing!!!!!!!.
Wow. Some of these comments are truly frightening. I don't wish ill on any of our elected leaders... no matter what their party. Heck, I even felt bad for Cheney with his last heart attack.
I am sorry to learn about accident, My prayers go out to Senator Reid and his family. My Good wish to family
Good and plentiful wishes for a healthy and speedy recovery.
There's nothing about Harry Reid that I like, but I pray for his family at this time.
I hope they're OK. Some things go beyond politics, right people?
Awful news. I wish him and his family the best through this ordeal.
Wow – broken neck and back – my best wishes for the entire family. What a horrible thing to happen.
God be with the Reid family.
This is the most despicable collection of comments I have ever read. I sincerely hope if any of your families are ever involved in such an accident, you receive nothing but support from those around you. God forbid anyone try to justify such misfortune through your political stance.
Reid's wife has a broken neck, neck and facial injurys, his daughter has a neck injury after being rear-ended by a semi-truck.
My prayers are with this family, and it is time for Harry Reid to step down as the Majority US Senator speaker. Appoint a Democratic Senator as the US Majority Senatorial leader that will get it done. Push those 290 bills already passed by Congress thru the Senate by a simple UP or Down vote.
US Senator Harry Reid, tend to your familys needs, they need you now. Appoint a new US Senate Majority leader.
America needs a US Senator that is not afraid of pushing the logjam of Congressional bills thru the Senate Office. Step-down as the US Senatorial majority leader Harry Reid, that is the right thing for your family and for the American people.
I hope they are both going to be ok.
I hope they are going to be ok.
What a pity, i wish them soonest recovery and such incident will not repeat itself again. Amen.
My thoughts and prayers are with the Reid family at this time. As a Republican I disapprove of any one making jokes at this time about the Reid family. Very distasteful and in-appropriate. Let's just all get along and help each other out.
To all of you mealy-mouthed scumbags who have chosen to use this tragedy for entertainment or to mock the work of our government, I say SHAME ON YOU. You disgust me. Taking advantage of such heartbreak is repulsive and juvenile. Imagine if it was YOUR family.
Anyone else notice one other commonality those comments have besides being repulsive? Oh yeah, they're from the other side of the aisle, presumably the one with good, wholesome, Christian, family values. I know they don't represent everyone in the Republican camp but isn't it interesting that the majority of derogatory comments are from people opposed to Reid's politics?
To those of you who wrote messages of respect, especially those of you who disagree with Sen. Reid's political viewpoints, I and many other Nevadans thank you. We here in Nevada send our hopes and prayers to the Reid family.
The rest of you scumbags will have lots of company when you run into one another in that warm, warm place you go to after death.
It is time for prayers and human compassion, not politics! Sen. Reid's wife and daughter barely escaped death. They suffered terrible injuries when their vehicle was rear-ended by a semi-truck. Thank God they have doctors and health insurance to help them survive their injuries. Sen. Reid must be bearing unimaginable burdens right now.
Not a big fan of the Senator, but I hope his wife and daughter recover quickly. That is a helpless feeling for him I am sure, but I think most decent people on every end of the political spectrum would pray for their recovery. It is OK to disagree with ones politics. It is not OK to wish ill to someone and their family. That's just way overdone.
My prayers and God is in control of your family. Your family will be alright in Jesus name.
Im glad they are ok. I feel pretty bad for him.
Good thing that the universal healthcare bill hasn't passed or they'd be waiting pretty long time to get all fixed up
Prayers for their recovery!