Pennsylvania Democratic Senator John Fetterman and his wife Gisele found themselves in a car crash on Sunday morning, which resulted in their hospitalization. According to Maryland State Police, the senator was driving a Chevrolet Traverse when he rear-ended a Chevrolet Impala in northern Maryland, near the Pennsylvania and West Virginia borders. The crash took place in Hancock, Maryland, prompting the Fettermans to be transported to War Memorial Hospital in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia.

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Senator Fetterman has a history of health issues, having suffered a stroke while running for Senate in 2022. Since the stroke, he has dealt with audio impairments that require him to use a phone or tablet-based transcriber in order to communicate clearly with colleagues and reporters while working on Capitol Hill. To facilitate this, a live closed captioning system has been installed at the Democrats’ Washington, D.C. desk. At times, Fetterman has been known to respond with half sentences to reporters’ questions.

The crash occurred on the westbound route of Interstate 70 near Interstate 68, with authorities stating that both vehicles were traveling west on I-70 when, for reasons unknown, the Traverse collided with the rear of the Impala. The collision transpired just before 8 a.m. on Sunday morning. A spokesperson for the Maryland State Police revealed that a passenger in the Traverse and the operator of the Impala were taken by ambulance to War Memorial Hospital in West Virginia for treatment of their injuries. No citations were issued, and the crash investigation remains active and ongoing.

A spokesperson from Fetterman’s office confirmed the incident, explaining that “on Sunday morning, John and Gisele were involved in a car accident with another driver.” As a precaution, they were evaluated at a local hospital, with John subsequently treated for a bruised shoulder, and both were discharged later that afternoon. The spokesperson added that the couple is “doing well,” and they are “happy” to be back at their home in Braddock, Pennsylvania.

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