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USDA, House agriculture staff stable after auto accident

USDA, House agriculture staff stable after auto accident”

Two staffers for U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway and one from the U.S. Department of Agriculture were sent to a hospital near El Campo on Thursday after a major vehicle wreck that interrupted a government tour of hurricane damage to agricultural production. "Chairman Conaway and Secretary Perdue, who were riding in separate vehicles at the time of the accident, continue offering their prayers and well wishes to those involved and thank the agriculture community for the outpouring of support and kindness".

Three people were hospitalized Thursday when a vehicle that was part a caravan carrying U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Texas Agricultural Commissioner Sid Miller crashed during a survey of Hurricane Harvey damage on the Gulf Coast.

Loeffler said none of Miller's staff traveling with him was hurt.

The politicians were touring the Houston area to inspect agricultural damage wrought by Hurricane Harvey.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, an SUV driven by one of the staffers pulled out from a private drive onto a highway in front of a semitrailer hauling 41,000 pounds of refrigerated chicken.

In total, three staffers were taken to the hospital but were conscious and talking when they were taken from the scene.



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