October 10th, 2007
10:21 AM ET
15 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. Liberal Chic

    Dave, Cheverly, MD :

    Yeah and how many of those seemingly precocious little girls and little boys actually turn out to be gifted singers and swimmers? Hardly any, that's how many.

    October 12, 2007 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  2. Dave, Cheverly, MD

    To Liberal Chic,

    I sure hope you are not sharing your non-motivating conclusion with any children. OMG. Also, right now we Americans just need one (person with that dream, the drive and GOOD judgment) to lead. Obama08

    October 12, 2007 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  3. Liberal Chic

    Dave, Cheverly, MD :

    Look, Dave. I am not going to be one of these irritating parents who think every little cute thing a kid does indicates that he's destined to be a genius.

    Studies have found that South Korean children are not as confident and self-assured as are American children. But they are much more academically capable than American children are, especially in math and science, the engine of a thriving economy. Just look at what their economy has done in the last 20 years versus ours.

    I am a liberal, but I can admit that Kennedy was really not a very impressive president. He didn't get much accomplished. But people loved him, his sound bites, that whole crazy Camelot junk. It's the same with Obama. People love his inexperience and his rambling talk. The man has never done anything impressive with his life. He's barely been challenged for his politicial seats. One of his colleagues from Illinois atually thinks Obama was ordained by God to lead the US. Maybe that's why Obama's campaign is so empty on specifics and full of hot air. He thinks he'll just get there by being "fresh."

    And you cannot form good judgement without the necessary experience on which to base them. Maybe in ten years, if he can hack it in DC, he'll be ready to run for the presidency. Until then, he's just a black dude who's popular because Americans want to believe themselves to be egalitarian and found someone with whom they can identify.

    October 12, 2007 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. Joe, Columbus Oh

    Michelle Obama does not look like a first lady- she does not have that materials in her. However, I wish him (motorcylist) best of luck. It's a sign-GOD blocked her from campaigning.
    Posted By providence, RI : October 9, 2007 10:02 pm

    Granted i do not believe what providence is saying, but for people to assume he is racist is pretty lame. If i say O.J. Simpson DID IT (wow big surprise) am i racist? because hes black? If i say Hilary Clinton is not cut out for the job (which i don't believe she is) am i a feminist? People are titled to their opinions. and maybe i should correct when i assumed providence is a male by saying "he or she". stupid politically correct world

    October 24, 2007 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  5. Inter

    My aoleogips to Richard: I didn't realize you were responding to YBD and not my original post. And I was a bit confused by your double-negative. Please forgive me.

    February 18, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
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