Sacramento U.S. Rep. Doris Matsui is going home Friday to her Washington, D.C.-area residence from the hospital after suffering injuries in a car crash earlier in the week that left her with internal bleeding and broken ribs.
Matsui, 72, was in a vehicle on Tuesday on the way to Dulles International Airport to take a direct flight to Sacramento for a packed schedule through the presidential election when the crash occurred, according to a spokeswoman.
Matsui was using the same driver she has used for years to take her to the airport and was wearing a seatbelt in the rear seat when her car was hit. Her driver and the driver of the other car did not suffer serious injury.
However, Matsui took the brunt of the impact and injury. She was taken to the hospital by ambulance.
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There, they discovered she had internal abdominal bleeding. The bleeding was quickly stopped by surgery.
Matsui also suffered fractured ribs. She remains very sore from the broken ribs and the surgery.
Her doctors do not want her to travel so she will miss some events in Sacramento, including a Sunday fundraising appearance with Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine at the Golden 1 Center.
A spokeswoman said one of the first things she asked after the collision is whether her longtime driver was OK.