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Reid's Wife, Daughter Injured in Highway Accident
The Wall Street Journal ^ | 03-11-10 | The Wall Street Journal

Posted on 03/11/2010 5:51:39 PM PST by GOP_Lady

WASHINGTON—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's wife and daughter were hospitalized Thursday—the wife with a broken back and neck—after their minivan was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer truck on an interstate highway in suburban Virginia, authorities said.

Reid's wife, Landra, 69, and the couple's daughter, Lana Barringer, 48, were taken by ambulance to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va. Neither woman's injuries appeared to be life-threatening, and the daughter was expected to be released from the hospital Thursday night, Reid aides said. Mrs. Reid was listed in serious condition.

"Mrs. Reid has a broken nose, broken back and broken neck,'' Reid spokesman Jim Manley said in a statement. "Lana has a neck injury and facial lacerations. Both Mrs. Reid and Lana are conscious, can feel their extremities, and according to doctors their injuries are non-life threatening.''

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Nevada; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: 111th; fairfaxcounty; prayers; reid
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To: GreenLanternCorps

20 years of driving loads up to 12 feet wide, 100 feet long and sometimes weighing in at over 110,000 pounds I can say with unbending confidence that mini-vans with women behind the wheel are absolutely THE most dangerous vehicle on the road. Period.

That may not be the case here, I’ll admit. I realize the trucker got a ticket.

But personal experience jaundices my view.


51 posted on 03/11/2010 7:01:29 PM PST by digger48
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To: redheadtoo

You know, red, I thank Almighty God for all the celebrutards and their families praying for me and my family every day!


52 posted on 03/11/2010 7:01:39 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: MsLady

You must live in another part of the country than I do. I use to travel a lot on I65 and I always watched for the truckers. I would always help them change lanes when they needed to. They are the ones bringing our goods to us. God bless all of them.

I have seen stupid car drivers change lanes right in front of a trucker. I have not seen a wreck caused by them yet, but I know it will happen.


53 posted on 03/11/2010 7:04:04 PM PST by MamaB (If you see someone without a smile, give them yours.)
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To: digger48

God bless you, sir. I try to help truckers any way I can when on the roads. My late daughter and I were on I65 when we noticed a trucker having trouble changing lanes so I slowed down so he could get in my lane. When he got off the interstate, he honked his horn for my daughter. Made her day.


54 posted on 03/11/2010 7:08:58 PM PST by MamaB (If you see someone without a smile, give them yours.)
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To: MamaB

I use to live in the DC area. And God bless them but, I’ve had trucks run right up on my bumper and thought I was going to be run over.


55 posted on 03/11/2010 7:09:08 PM PST by MsLady (If you died tonight, where would you go? Salvation, don't leave earth without it!)
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To: digger48

Soccer moms with cell phones are the most dangerous thing God ever created!


56 posted on 03/11/2010 7:10:45 PM PST by Palladin (New toy for Congress: Tickle-Me Massa.)
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To: Revolting cat!

Revolting cat! wrote:

‘Course when you’re rear-ended you can fake all kinds of injuries. Happened to me when I rear-ended some tin can with no damage to my rig and minor damage to the sucker who braked to make an illegal left turn immediately after a left turn


I hear ya! I’m no truck driver but I really think the DMV needs to Flunk more of these POS drivers. They don’t know how to drive and there’s been more than a few times they have almost gotten me and passengers killed as well because of their incompetence.
The problem seems this day and age if your stupid or insane you get a free pass in life.


57 posted on 03/11/2010 7:10:47 PM PST by 1FASTGLOCK45 (FreeRepublic: More fun than watching Dem'Rats drown like Turkeys in the rain! ! !)
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To: MsLady
I pay attention to truckers and what they are doing. I have never had that to happen to me because I look out for them and change lanes to get out of their way. They are on a time table and it will not bother me to be a few minutes late. That is a whole lot better than causing them to be behind some driver 45 mph on an interstate. My biggest peeve is drivers who are in a great hurry to get in my lane and then slow down to a crawl. I have had near misses with those nuts.
58 posted on 03/11/2010 7:14:29 PM PST by MamaB (If you see someone without a smile, give them yours.)
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To: MamaB

There not perfect so there are some pretty bad drivers both truck and car. Doesn’t matter what time table there on, they have no business endangering people lives by riding right up on your bumper.


59 posted on 03/11/2010 7:20:45 PM PST by MsLady (If you died tonight, where would you go? Salvation, don't leave earth without it!)
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To: GOP_Lady
Rear ended by an 18 wheeler is a scary thought. My prayers for both of them.

That said, I hope to see the entier family retired and healthy back in Nevada come November.

60 posted on 03/11/2010 7:26:54 PM PST by Ditto (Directions for Clean Government: If they are in, vote them out. Rinse and repeat.)
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To: MamaB
I pay attention to truckers and what they are doing.

Ditto that. Give them a wide berth.

When I was learning to drive back in the early 60s in hilly Western Pennsylvania, I was taught to avoid forcing a big rig to hit the breaks or downshift by cutting in front of him even if you technically had the 'right of way'.

If he was coming up hill, let him pass rather than turning left in front of him forcing him to shift back to low gear to make the grade.

I know their equipment is much better today, but I still give them the most room possible, yet I see the majority of '4 wheelers don't. Probably why some of the truckers show no respect for the '4 wheelers.'

61 posted on 03/11/2010 7:46:43 PM PST by Ditto (Directions for Clean Government: If they are in, vote them out. Rinse and repeat.)
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To: Ditto
Some drivers are in their own little world and do not have a clue as to what other drivers are doing. Another thing is to know what your car will do. Many years ago we got a new car. I use to go to parking lots to practice turns, etc. I never knew that one day those practice turns would save our lives. I was taking one of my daughter's friends home after dance class. I was nearly to her house when we noticed a driver was headed head on to us. I turned the wheels just like I had practiced, crossed to the other lane and ended up on a sidewalk but we were alive. My daughter still talks about that. Any driver has to know what others are doing to stay alive. I have seen ladies putting on make-up. texting, talking on the phone without a clue as to what people around them are doing. It is really scary sometimes.
62 posted on 03/11/2010 8:10:41 PM PST by MamaB (If you see someone without a smile, give them yours.)
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Accident my you-know-what. He’s already admitted he’s a wife beater.


63 posted on 03/11/2010 8:16:13 PM PST by KarinG1 (They should put the terror watch list online so we'd know who to drag out and feed to the gators.)
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To: GOP_Lady

Lucky for them, they have the “gold plated Senate-only” healthcare plan.

If they had ObamaCare, they’d take a few weeks to MRI them, and by then who knows what condition they’d be in.

Also, Reid’s wife is getting up there in years, so according to Reid’s QALY (Quality Adjusted Life Years) chart, it’s a close call whether to provide medical treatment to her, or just “let her die” as Robert Reich says, to save money.

For the record, I agree that denying everyone medical care so they “just die” is cheaper than giving them medical care.

You know what’s even cheaper than that? If we all just kill ourselves right now, we’d need to budget almost $0 for the future. Just think how cost-effective that would be.


64 posted on 03/11/2010 8:40:35 PM PST by StopObama2012 (CLICK ME to expose Osaudi)
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To: jacquej

Well said.


65 posted on 03/11/2010 10:28:32 PM PST by greatplains
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