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Perriello faces traffic charge after Friday accident

Ben Pershing

Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.) has been charged with making an unsafe lane change after an accident Friday night in which a pickup truck driven by the lawmaker collided with a sport-utility vehicle in Nottoway County, according to media reports.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that Perriello was uninjured but one of the three passengers in the other vehicle was treated for "minor injuries." The paper added that Virginia state police said they did not consider alcohol or speed to have been factors in the crash, which occurred near Burkeville, 60 miles southwest of Richmond.

Perriello is in a tough reelection race in the 5th congressional district against state Sen. Robert Hurt (R). As of this posting his campaign had not responded to a request for comment. The Charlottesville Daily Progress reports that Perriello's campaign says the SUV was in Perriello's blind spot when the accident occurred.

By Ben Pershing  | October 18, 2010; 4:25 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Virginia Congressional Races, Ben Pershing, Election 2010, Robert Hurt, Tom Perriello  
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