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Perdue’s motorcade involved in car accident, injuring three staffers



Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue (pictured) and House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway were in a separate vehicle and were not involved in the wreck, the USDA said in a statement. | Mark Schiefelbein/Pool/Getty Images



Two staffers for House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway and one from the USDA were taken to a hospital after a vehicle in Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue's motorcade was involved in an accident in Texas on Thursday while surveying damage from Hurricane Harvey, the department said.

Perdue and Conaway were in a separate vehicle and were not involved in the wreck, the USDA said in a statement. The two House Agriculture Committee staffers were both conscious and talking at the scene, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, who was also part of the motorcade but not involved in the accident, told POLITICO.


The crash occurred in El Campo, Texas, southwest of Houston, as the caravan was leaving a listening session with agricultural producers, according to USDA and a report from the Texas Tribune. The paper reported that one of its photographers, Bob Daemmrich, witnessed the accident.

According to his account, an SUV in the caravan, which was carrying Perdue's support staff, pulled onto the frontage road of Highway 59 in El Campo and struck a semi-truck. The truck and the SUV careened across the median and wound up on the other side of the highway.

A House Agriculture Committee aide said that one of the staffers taken to the hospital is a member of the press team. Further information was not immediately released.

Before the crash, Perdue tweeted: "Great to see folks coming together, just as in other places hit hard by #Harvey, #Irma & now #Maria." Earlier in the day, Perdue toured cotton operations that suffered damage during Harvey.

"It is disheartening to see cotton wreckage left behind by #Harvey," he tweeted. "But don't mess with Texas. These folks will come back & @USDA will help."

Sabrina Rodriguez contributed to this report.

Perdue’s motorcade involved in car accident, injuring three staffers: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/21/sonny-perdue-motorcade-accident-texas-242985



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