Johnson Hospitalized After Weekend Car Accident

Posted March 10, 2003 at 3:02pm

Rep. Timothy Johnson (R) of Illinois remains hospitalized Monday following a Sunday-evening car accident in his district.

Johnson, a two-term lawmaker from central Illinois, suffered a fractured rib and punctured lung but is in good condition in Champaign Hospital, according to information provided by his office.

“We would anticipate a short, in-patient stay with full recovery and a return to active participation serving his district within a few days,” Dr. Sid Rohrscheib, his physician and family friend, said in a statement.

Johnson was headed to a speaking event at an Urbana church Sunday when his vehicle collided with another near the church parking lot, according to details provided in a release.

“Despite major damage to his vehicle, Johnson decided he was physically unharmed and the second party in the accident was unharmed; so he spoke to the church congregation as planned,” the release stated.

After returning home he felt short of breath and contacted Rohrscheib, a trauma surgeon from Clinton, Ill., who recommended he head to the hospital.

Also on Sunday, Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.) underwent successful gall bladder surgery and was “resting comfortably,” according to a press release.