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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Senator Reid's wife in serious traffic accident

Las Vegas Review Journal:

Reid's wife, daughter hospitalized after D.C. accident



WASHINGTON -- Sen. Harry Reid's wife and daughter were hospitalized in suburban Virginia this afternoon after they were involved in a serious auto accident.

The vehicle in which Reid's wife Landra and his daughter, Lana Barringer, were riding was rear-ended on a busy highway, the senator's office said.
Reid spokesman Jon Summers said Landra Reid, 69, "has a 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."

The women, who were wearing seat belts, were taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va. Reid went to the hospital and returned to the Senate, and would be returning to the hospital later, Summers said.

The Washington Post quoted a Virginia State Police spokeswoman saying the accident took place on Interstate 95 in Fairfax County, Va.

The 2005 Honda Odyssey being driven north in I-95 by Barringer, 48, was crushed from behind by a fully-loaded tractor-trailer while navigating heavy traffic at about 1:10 p.m. the Post said.

The Odyssey in turn hit another car. The State Police spokeswoman, Corinne Geller, said the van was crushed on both ends.

Reid "appreciates the support he and his family are receiving from Nevadans and his colleagues in the Senate," Summers said.