Gov. Pat McCrory and two members of his security detail who were accompanying him to the Super Bowl were involved in a traffic accident soon after the leaving the game Sunday night.
They were passengers in a sedan owned by the California Highway Patrol, driven by one of that agency’s officers.
One of the North Carolina troopers was taken to a nearby hospital with cuts to the back of his head and his tongue, according to the California Highway Patrol. Another trooper complained of neck and back pain but was not treated. The governor complained of minor pains but did not require treatment.
The accident happened about 8 p.m. after the governor and his security detail left the game, which drew a large contingent of North Carolina politicians and other prominent Carolina Panthers fans. The Ford Crown Victoria was traveling on a highway in nearby San Jose when it was rear-ended by a Mercedes sedan. A third car was also involved in the collision, the California Highway Patrol reported.
At the time of the crash, McCrory was on his cell phone talking to his campaign strategist, Chris LaCivita. The men were lamenting the outcome of the game, which the Panthers lost 24-10, when the governor’s car was rear-ended, LaCivita tweeted.
“His first words were ‘I’m OK, are you? Check on him,’ ” LaCivita said.
McCrory was able to continue to his destination after the accident report was taken. His office emailed a news release about the incident early Monday morning.
“We were very fortunate, and while I am still proud of the Carolina Panthers, this puts the game in proper perspective,” McCrory said. “I want to thank the California Highway Patrol and EMS for their professionalism and quick action.”
McCrory returned to North Carolina on Monday afternoon, a spokesman said.