Reid Caring for Injured Wife, Daughter and Health Care Negotiations

Mar 11, 2010 6:49pm

ABC's Z. Byron Wolf reports: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D- Nevada, was splitting his time tonight between caring for his wife and daughter, seriously injured in a car crash Thursday in Washington DC , and late stage health care negotiations in the Senate. Reid’s wife Landra and daughter Lana were rear-ended by a semi-truck on a DC highway, according to Reid’s spokesman. They are being treated at a Washington area hospital.”Mrs. Reid 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.  Senator Reid has been to the hospital and appreciates the support he and his family are receiving from Nevadans and his colleagues in the Senate,” spokesman Jon Summers said today in a statement. After being at the hospital with his family, Reid returned to the Senate, another spokesman Jim Manley told reporters, to deal with  "dramatic" developments in the closed-door health care meetings over the last 24 hours. Manley would not characterize those developments further. President Obama has said he wants Congress to vote on health reform legislation this month. Manley said Reid would return to the hospital after the meeting tonight. "He loves that woman more than life itself," said Manley. Reid and his wife, Landra, who was his high school sweetheart, have five children and 16 grandchildren.UPDATE: The semi-tractor-trailer truck driver from Ohio has been charged in the accident, which involved three vehicles, according to Virginia state police. Reid spokesman Jon Summers said that Reid's wife Landra is listed in serious condition, but his daughter Lana will be released tonight. He said Reid got the news in a phone call from a doctor at the hospital. The meeting at the Capitol is over. White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel told reporters upon leaving that it was a "very good meeting, a lot of progress."UPDATE: Virginia state police issued a statement saying that an Ohio man, Alan W. Snader, 59, has been charged with reckless driving in a four-vehicle crash that occurred Thursday afternoon around 1 p.m. The statement said the car Reid's wife and daughter were traveling in — a Honda Odyssey — was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer, and the impact forced their car to rear-end the vehicle in front, a Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Jeep was then forced into the next lane over, where it struck a Chevy Cobalt. Reid's wife and daughter, as well as the drivers of the Jeep and Chevy were all transported to the hospital via ambulance, according to the statement. None of the injuries were considered life-threatening, and every individual was wearing a seatbelt. Snader was not injured in the crash. 

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