The wife of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid remained in the hospital on March 12 with serious personal injuries she suffered when the minivan she and her daughter were riding in on a suburban Virginia interstate was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer, according to officials.
According to hospital spokesman Tony Raker, 69-year-old Landra Reid suffered a broken back and neck in the March 11 crash, but her injuries were not believed to be life-threatening. She and her daughter, 49-year-old Lana Barringer, received ambulance transport to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia. Barringer was released later that night after undergoing treatment.
Reid aids said that Mrs. Reid was listed in serious condition, but is not expected to require surgery. According to Reid spokesman Jim Manley, Mrs. Reid suffered a broken nose, broken back, and broken neck and Barringer suffered a neck injury and facial lacerations.
According to Virginia State Police, Reid and Barringer were northbound on Interstate 95 in stop-and-go-traffic when the Honda Odyssey they were traveling in was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer carrying rolls of plastic. The impact forced the minivan forward into the rear of a Jeep Grand Cherokee, causing it to rear-end a Chevrolet Cobalt.
Police charged the tractor-trailer’s driver, 59-year-old Ohio resident Alan W. Snader, with reckless driving. He was uninjured in the crash. Police say everyone involved was wearing seat belts.