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Senator Harry Reid’s condition unknown after traffic accident | THE JEENYUS CORNER

Sen. Harry Reid greets former Test Site worker and State Sen. Wilbur Faiss at the Atomic Testing Museum shortly before he was involved in a traffic accident on Interstate 15 near Sahara Avenue on Friday.

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Editor’s Note: While it is well known that we here at The Jeenyus Corner have very little love (if any) for Sen. Reid, we would like to encourage our readers to offer up prayers and wishes for the Senator’s health. Some things just aren’t about politics.

By Mike Blasky

(LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL)- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., 72, was taken to the emergency room at University Medical Center in Las Vegas Friday afternoon following a traffic accident.

Nevada Highway Patrol said his caravan was involved in a six-car accident about 1 p.m. on northbound Interstate 15 at Sahara Avenue. Four of the cars were with Reid’s caravan.

There was no immediate word on injuries.

Reid’s son, Rory Reid, said by telephone that he had no information about the accident or his father’s medical status.

Earlier in the day, Reid delievered the keynote address at the dedication of the National Atomic Testing Museum near the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus.

Reid was due at the Las Vegas Review-Journal for an editorial board meeting with the newspaper’s Spanish language publication, El Tiempo, scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada shut down its live video feed of the accident scene shortly after the accident. The RTC operates traffic cameras around the valley as part of its Freeway and Arterial System of Transportation alert program.

“If we think it needs to be supressed, it can be shut down,” Kevin, a FAST alert traffic technician who declined to provide his last name, said of the live feed.

Film footage from a TV news helicopter nearly an hour after the accident shows several large black SUVs of a type commonly used by security teams and an ambulance still at the scene.

Two northbound lanes of Interstate 15 are still closed.

Reid, 72, was first elected to the Senate in 1986. Since 2007, Reid has served as the Senate Majority Leader. In 2010, he was re-elected to a fifth term. Reid is from Searchlight. He married his high school sweetheart, Landra, in 1959. The couple has five children, including Rory Reid, who has served as a Clark County Commissioner, and Josh Reid, who is Henderson’s city attorney.

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