March 11th, 2010
08:26 PM ET

Sen. Reid's wife, daughter injured in car accident

Senate Maj. Leader Harry Reid and his wife, Landra.

[Update: 8:25 p.m.] The 70-year-old senator visited his wife and daughter shortly after hearing of the accident at 2:15 p.m., then returned to his office in the Capitol to work on health-care legislation, said Reid spokesman Jim Manley.

At about 5 p.m., President Barack Obama called Reid to check on his wife and daughter and, shortly after 7 p.m., Reid was headed back to the hospital, spokesman Manley said.

[Update: 7:39 p.m.]  The wreck occurred in the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 in Fairfax County at 1:10 p.m., when the 2005 Honda Odyssey driven by the daughter began braking in stop-and-go traffic and was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer, according to a Virginia State Police report.

"The impact forced the Honda Odyssey to rear-end the vehicle in front of it, a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee," it said. "The Jeep Grand Cherokee was then forced into the next lane over where it struck a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt."     

The drivers of the Jeep and the Chevrolet were also taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital. Their injuries were not considered life-threatening.

The driver of the truck, Alan W. Snader, 59, of Ohio, was charged with reckless driving, the police report said. He was not injured in the crash. The tractor-trailer was carrying rolls of plastic.

[Update: 7:26 p.m.] Mrs. Reid, who is 69, is listed in serious condition and will stay in the hospital. The initial prognosis is that she will not need surgery.

Daughter Lana Barringer, 49, will be released tonight, according to Reid spokesman Jon Summers.   

[Posted: 6:14 p.m.] The wife and daughter of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid were injured Thursday in a highway accident, a spokesman for the senator from Nevada said. The injuries aren't considered life-threatening.

Reid's wife, Landra, broke her neck, her back and her nose and daughter Lana suffered a neck injury and facial lacerations. Their vehicle was rear-ended by a semi-truck on a Washington highway, said Washington, spokesman Jon Summers told CNN.

Both victims are conscious and can feel their extremities, he said. The senator has visited them, he added.

- CNN Congressional Producer Ted Barrett contributed to this report.

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