Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., suffered minor injuries in a Friday car crash that drew a flurry of concern when he was reportedly hospitalized without any information on his condition.
The senator, 72, was in what was reportedly a six-car accident on Friday afternoon in Las Vegas, where he is participating in get-out-the-vote efforts ahead of the state's pivotal presidential and Senate votes.
"Senator Reid and his security detail were involved in a traffic accident today on Interstate 15 in Las Vegas," a statement from the senator's office says. "Senator Reid was taken to University Medical Center Hospital by his security detail as a precaution, and walked in on his own. Senator Reid was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident. He experienced rib and hip contusions and has been cleared for release by the doctors. Mrs. Reid was not in the car at the time of the accident. Some of Senator Reid's detail and a staffer had minor injuries in the accident and were evaluated at UMC."
The crash is the second in two years to strike the Reid family. His wife, Landra, underwent surgery for a broken neck after a 2010 car crash in which his daughter Lana also suffered minor injuries.
The lack of major injury is a relief to aides and colleagues. Serious injury to the majority leader would have created a rare situation just before an election and a lame-duck session in which Reid is expected to lead efforts to negotiate an agreement averting the so-called fiscal cliff of tax increases and automatic budget cuts.
Reid's office has said he is in good health, though the Reid family has had difficult times recently. Landra Reid was treated for breast cancer last year and early this year. The senator earlier this year said his wife was "doing well" and recovering.
Reid is next up for reelection in 2016 for a term that would last until he is 82. Whether Reid will run for another term is already the subject of speculation in the Senate and in Nevada.
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