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Sen. Ensign, aide hurt in Vegas car crash

The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) ” A head-on collision briefly sent Sen. John Ensign and an aide to the hospital Monday.

Ensign spokesman Jack Finn said the Nevada Republican and a Senate staffer, who was not identified, suffered minor injuries in the crash that occurred on their way to McCarran International Airport.

Ensign and the aide who was driving were taken to Sunrise Hospital with minor to moderate injuries, police said.

Finn said both were released about 11 a.m. after being treated for bumps and bruises. The senator received stitches in his elbow, he said.

A hospital spokeswoman said she had no public record of Ensign being treated.

Ensign, 47, was the passenger in a Mercury Mountaineer, which was struck “almost head-on” by a Ford Explorer at 7:27 a.m., a few blocks east of the Las Vegas Strip, police spokesman Bill Cassell said.

The driver of the Explorer, who was not identified, told police he fell asleep while driving, Cassell said. It was not clear if that driver was hurt.

A third car collided with the two vehicles, but the unidentified driver was not injured, police said.

Ensign was elected to the Senate in 2000 and faces re-election in November.


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