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October 24, 2012

Patrice Tierney treated, released after crash

DANVERS — Patrice Tierney, the wife of Congressman John Tierney, was treated and released from Beverly Hospital Tuesday after she sustained undisclosed injuries in a car accident in Danvers Tuesday morning, according to the congressman’s campaign.

John Tierney abruptly left a campaign event in Gloucester, where he was receiving the endorsements of several Gloucester officials and local Democrats, but was informed about 9 a.m. that his wife had been injured in the crash.

According to Danvers police, Patrice Tierney’s Volkswagen Bug was rear-ended by small sports utility vehicle just before 8:30 a.m. near the intersection of Centre and Hobart streets. A second person was also injured in the crash and was treated at Lahey Clinic.

Patrice Tierney’s vehicle was rear-ended by another vehicle sometime between 8 and 9 a.m., according to Tierney campaign manager Matt Robison.

“It was a pretty significant collision,” Robison said in an interview.

Because of the extent of the damage, first responders were worried that the congressman’s wife’s injuries were more extensive, he said.

“Thankfully ... it appears that wearing her seat belt saved her from a lot of damage,” Robison said.

Robison said an off-duty firefighter driving in a vehicle in front of Patrice Tierney saw the collision. pulled over and called 911.

“From what John (Tierney) said, she was awake and able to communicate (after the accident), but she’s still in a lot of pain,” Robison said Tuesday afternoon.

Tierney was able to leave the vehicle under her own power after the crash, he said.

John Tierney was also scheduled to meet with The Salem News editorial board Tuesday afternoon, but postponed that meeting due to his wife’s accident.

“We are reviewing the congressman’s schedule for the next couple of days and will adjust it accordingly so that he can care for his wife,” Robison said in a prepared statement. “(Patrice) and Congressman Tierney thank all who expressed their concern, ... and appreciate the continued thoughts and prayers from friends, family and supporters,” Robison said.

Jesse Roman may contacted at jroman@gloucestertimes.com.

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