Gayle Manchin, wife of Sen. Joe Manchin, hospitalized after car accident

 January 31, 2024

Sen. Joe Manchin's (D-WV) family had quite a scare this week after news broke of his wife having been involved in an automobile accident.

According to The Hill, Gayle Manchin was rushed to the hospital after she was in a car accident Birmingham, Alabama. She was traveling with Guy Land, a colleague.

Luckily, both Gayle Manchin and Land are in stable condition, according to Sen. Manchin's office.

The auto accident occurred while Gayle Manchin and Land were en route to "an event for the Appalachian Regional Commission." Gayle serves as a federal co-chair of the commission -- a job to which she was appointed by President Joe Biden.

The West Virginia senator released a statement on his website regarding the latest update on his wife's condition.

"On Monday, my wife Gayle and her colleague Guy Land were involved in a car accident on the way from the airport to the hotel in Birmingham, Alabama for an Appalachian Regional Commission event that was planned for today. Both were admitted to UAB Hospital and are receiving excellent care," his statement read.

The senator added, "She remains in stable condition but will stay there for a couple of days for precautionary measures. We want to thank the first responders who answered the call and were first on-site to provide assistance and support."

According to ABC News, the crash happened as a result of a suspect who was attempting to flee Birmingham police.

The outlet noted:

Police units pursued the vehicle through North Birmingham onto 18th Street North before losing contact with the suspect vehicle in the 1300 block of 18th Street North, officials said.

It continued:

Homewood Police officers continued pursuit on 18th Street North where they subsequently observed that the suspect vehicle had apparently collided with another vehicle at the intersection of 18th Street North and 15th Avenue North. The driver was then apprehended without incident, police said.

Police arrested the suspect and booked him at the Homewood City jail.

Authorities are expected to charge him with multiple felony counts, given that he already had pending warrants.