The accident's initial reports are below. For updates, see after the break.
This is from the local ABC affiliate in Las Vegas:
Senator Harry Reid was hospitalized after a crash on Interstate 15 Friday.This is from the Las Vegas Review Journal, which reports Reid was taken to the emergency room (though there are some reports he walked himself in):
The crash happened just after 1 p.m. on I-15 northbound near Sahara, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol.
Multiple cars were involved in the crash, including four cars in Senator Reid's caravan. Two other cars outside of the caravan were involved.
The extent of Reid's injuries were not immediately clear.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., was taken to the emergency room at University Medical Center in Las Vegas Friday afternoon following a traffic accident.Please, let us have Harry in our thoughts and hearts at this moment. I will update below the break if/when there is more information.
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.
7:03 - A statement has been released by Harry Reid's office:
"Senator Reid and his security detail were involved in a traffic accident today on Interstate 15 in Las Vegas. Senator Reid was taken to University Medical Center Hospital by his security detail as a precaution, and walked in on his own. Senator Reid was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident. He experienced rib and hip contusions and has been cleared for release by the doctors. Mrs. Reid was not in the car at the time of the accident. Some of Senator Reid's detail and a staffer had minor injuries in the accident and were evaluated at UMC."
5:53 - CNN has confirmed local affiliates' reports that Reid is in good condition and will be held for further evaluation. This is tremendous news. I will update later if there is anything more than needs to be clarified about his condition.A spokeswoman for the University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Karen Gordon, said Reid was in good condition after the accident, which occurred as his caravan of four vehicles was traveling northbound on Interstate 15. She said he would remain in the hospital for further evaluations Friday afternoon.
5:44 - Finally, we have word from UMC, where Reid was taken, via the local Fox affiliate:
An official at UMC said Reid was in good condition after the incident. The hospital, though, did not disclose any specific injuries.
5:40 - This from theLas Vegas Sun, with no new confirmed info:A source close to Reid's family said, "He's OK." The senator apparently had no visible injuries but was transported by a staff member to the hospital as a matter of caution.
5:30 - The LVRJ is now reporting minor rib injuries.
5:25 - There are reports that Reid's staffers have told media the Senator is fine, and that he walked himself to the emergency room. However, nothing has been confirmed about his actual status.
5:08 - Adam Nagourney with more information:
More on Harry Reid from another source: spoke to detail.everyone is fine.sen reid walked into hospital.MORE TK— adam nagourney (@adamnagourney) October 26, 2012
5:02 - Let's hope this Tweet from Andrew at Buzzfeed via Adam Nagourney is accurate:
RT @adamnagourney: Harry Reid associates say he's fine after car accident in Nevada; walked his way into emergency room.— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) October 26, 2012