Harry Reid, Senate majority leader, released from hospital after Las Vegas car crash


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid holds a news conference about the payroll tax cut. The House Republicans have rejected the measure, opting for a conference with the Senate instead.


Chip Somodevilla

Senate majority leader Harry Reid has been released from a Las Vegas hospital after his vehicle was apparently rear-ended in a six-car crash, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. He was taken there by ambulance this afternoon, the Associated Press reported

The crash happened around 1 p.m. on Interstate 15, near the Las Vegas strip, the Wall Street Journal reported. Four of the cars involved in the accident were part of Reid's motorcade, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Some of Reid's security officers and a member of his staff also suffered minor injuries, the Wall Street Journal reported.

CNN reported that the Democratic senator, 72, was in good condition, citing Karen Gordon, a spokeswoman for the University Medical Center in Las Vegas. Reid walked into the hospital himself, according to the Wall Street Journal.

At the hospital, Reid merely underwent a "precautionary review," the Washington Post reported, having sustained minor hip and rib injuries in the crash. The Nevada Democrat was wearing a seatbelt at the time the cars collided, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

The Washington Post said that Reid is visiting his home state to campaign for President Obama and other Democratic contenders.