WASHINGTON - The wife and daughter of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid were injured in a serious car accident yesterday afternoon when their van was rear-ended by a tractor trailer on a Washington-area interstate, a spokesman said.
Landra Reid and daughter Lana Reid Barringer were hospitalized with what doctors said were non-life-threatening injuries, according to a statement from Jon Summers, a spokesman for the Nevada Democrat.
Landra Reid, 69, had a broken back, neck and nose. Reid Barringer, 48, had a neck injury and facial lacerations.
The senator was told of the accident while participating in a conference call with reporters from rural Nevada, Summers said. He immediately went to the hospital, but returned later to the Capitol to continue negotiations on the health care bill.
The four-car, chain reaction crash occurred on Interstate 95 in Fairfax County around 1 p.m., Virginia state police said. Reid Barringer, a mother of three from McClean, Va., was driving a Honda Odyssey with her mother as passenger, when the van was rear-ended by the truck carrying rolls of plastic, police said.
The driver of the rig, Alan W. Snader, 59, of Ohio, was not injured. He was charged with reckless driving, police said.