Reid’s Wife and Daughter Hospitalized After Car Accident

Posted March 11, 2010 at 4:15pm

Updated: 8:11 p.m.

The wife and daughter of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) were hospitalized Thursday after their car was hit from behind by a tractor-trailer, Reid’s office said.

Reid Communications Director Jon Summers said Thursday evening that the Majority Leader’s wife, Landra, was listed in serious condition after suffering a broken nose, broken back and broken neck. He said there was no decision yet on whether she would need surgery to recover.

Reid’s daughter, Lana Reid-Barringer, was scheduled to be released from the hospital Thursday night. Reid-Barringer, a Northern Virginia resident, suffered a neck injury and facial lacerations.

Reid departed his Capitol Hill office at about 7 p.m. and headed back to the hospital to see his wife and daughter.

A statement earlier in the evening from Summers said “both Mrs. Reid and Lana are conscious, can feel their extremities, and according to doctors their injuries are non-life threatening.”

“Sen. Reid has been to the hospital and appreciates the support he and his family are receiving from Nevadans and his colleagues in the Senate,” he added.

The accident occurred on Interstate 95 in Fairfax County, Va. The Washington Post reported that the driver of the tractor-trailer, 59-year-old Alan Snader of Ohio, was charged with reckless driving.