Sen. Reid 'okay' after taken to hospital following Vegas car crash

Published October 26, 2012

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was hospitalized Friday after an apparent rear-end crash in Las Vegas, but has since been released. 

Fox News was told Reid was able to walk into the hospital, after a crash that involved six cars including U.S. Capitol Police. 

"Senator Reid and his security detail were involved in a traffic accident today on Interstate 15 in Las Vegas," Reid's office said in a statement. 

"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," the statement said.

"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."

Nevada Highway Patrol Office spokesman Jeremie Elliott said the vehicles involved in the apparent chain-reaction crash included two Las Vegas police vehicles, two civilian vehicles and two Capitol Police vehicles. 

Elliott said four tow trucks were summoned. It's not clear whether anyone else was injured. 

Officials in Reid's office said it wasn't immediately clear where the Democratic senator was headed, but first lady Michelle Obama is set to give a speech in Las Vegas Friday afternoon, and Reid's wife Landra was speaking at the event.

Fox News' Chad Pergram and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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