October 26th, 2012
06:15 PM ET
1 year ago

Harry Reid hospitalized after car crash, in good condition

(CNN) - Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, was released from the hospital on Friday afternoon after he sustained non-life threatening injuries following an accident in his motorcade.

Reid was released shortly before 4 p.m. local time, and was in good condition after the accident, said Karen Gordon, a spokeswoman for University Medical Center in Las Vegas.

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The accident occurred as Reid's caravan of four vehicles was traveling northbound on Interstate 15.

Reid's Senate office said in a statement the top Democrat walked into the hospital on his own, and was wearing a seatbelt when the accident happened. He experienced rib and hip contusions, and was cleared for release. Other members of Reid's contingent had minor injuries, the statement read, and were evaluated at the same hospital. Reid's wife was not in the car.

Reid was transferred to the hospital in Las Vegas by one of his caravan vehicles.

The accident happened when vehicles in Reid's motorcade crashed with another civilian vehicle, according to the Nevada highway patrol's public information officer Loy Hixson.

Sgt. Kevin Honea of the Nevada Department of Public Safety said there were a total of six vehicles involved in the incident and five were at the scene when the highway patrol arrived.

Honea said speed did not appear to be a factor in the incident.

"Any possibility of citation will be pending on where we get with the investigation," he told CNN.

The accident occurred in an area which frequently sees crashes, Honea said.

– CNN's Amanda Watts, Dana Bash and Ted Barrett contributed to this report


Filed under: Harry Reid • Nevada
soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Dax

    Get well soon Harry. But remember, Karma applies to everyone.

    October 26, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  2. Moses

    Anyway get wel soon

    October 26, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  3. Earle Decker

    A caravan of 4 vehicles? Why does he need a caravan when he is going anywhere? No wonder his state budget is bankrupt.

    October 26, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  4. Greg

    We need this Senate Troll for what? He has been on vacation for the last 4 years as the Senate Majority Leader of Do-Nothings.. He is 72 years old, its time he Retire from the corruption of Washington DC. He probably has a lot of mending fencers to complete before ObamaCare starts not taking care of him.

    October 26, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  5. John Peter

    Is everyone sure it was an accident. Harry has been a thorn in the other party's side for a long time. Have no way of knowing otherwise–just saying.

    October 26, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  6. Temperlou

    If Harry were really injured, at his age under Obamacare, in Obama's own words, he can take a pain pill and go on.

    October 26, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  7. Reality Checker

    It's good that the RAPE-ublican Party right-wingers showing their true colors in posts here, because it reveals what they are really all about.

    Hope everyone is OK who was involved in this accident.

    October 26, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  8. Joe Brown

    All is fair in love, war & politics I suppose. Seriously, I'm a liberal who grab a glass of water for Boehner if he got hurt. You all have passed FAR beyond the pale of decency...

    October 26, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  9. bipartisan77

    All politics aside, get well soon, Senator Reid

    October 26, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  10. kilowatt23

    I knew a few rightwing nutbags would be trolling this.

    October 26, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  11. D.L. Kisting

    I don't really care!

    October 26, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  12. cheapseats2

    Senator: I don't like your politics but I wish you a speedy recovery.

    With that said...from the size of your motorcade I wonder why it seems you have more protection than the embassy in Libya?

    October 26, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  13. John B

    Give them Hell Harry!
    Get well soon, From the other guys across the ale.

    October 26, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  14. Mark

    I disagree with the man's politics and policies but I wish nothing but the best for his recovery. Get well soon and get back to Washington.

    October 26, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  15. dean scholl

    I am not a fan of Harry Reid...but i am not gonna let my politics get in the way of being a human being.
    Get well Harry...wishing you a speedy recovery...

    October 26, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  16. luckjoe

    Hasn't President Barack Hussien Obama done a masterful job of bring our country together as he promised during his during his 2008 "Hope and Change" take show circuit tour?

    October 26, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  17. mike58

    And that's way Alzheimer's patients should NOT be allowed to drive

    October 26, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  18. cashmeremafia

    Glad everyone is okay

    October 26, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  19. Ted

    Two state police vehicles two Capitol police vehicles? Really? For a senator? That's a mighty major carbon footprint for such a minor person.

    October 26, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  20. Akon DontMatter

    Get well you ol' white crook...

    October 26, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  21. kayla

    is that how you tea tards felt when ann the queen supposedly plane caught fire?

    October 26, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  22. Dial from SoCal

    Hope Harry is okay–but I really hope he decides to retire after this accident.

    October 26, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  23. joeinalabama

    That's what happens when you get to far to the left, I don't understand why Demos don't have head-on crashes all the time.

    October 26, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  24. GCAYSE1

    Are we sure he wasn't injured in IRAN?

    October 26, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  25. Damn Desert

    Wow I expected to see more trolls here, I'm happy to say my guess was wrong!

    October 26, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
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