Texas Congressman Ralph Hall Hospitalized After Injury In Car Accident

PLANO – Texas Congressman Ralph Hall was involved in a car accident in Fannin County on Saturday after which he was hospitalized. He is expected to make a full recovery.

According to his office, Hall was reported to be conscious Saturday night and was joking with paramedics on the way. He was transported to the Medical Center of Plano by Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter ambulance. However, he remained hospitalized on Sunday.

Hall, who is 91 years old, is the oldest serving member of Congress. He suffered from a hip injury along with some minor cuts and bruises in the accident. He was taken to the emergency room of the hospital on arrival but was later shifted to a hospital room in stable condition. He underwent an unspecified surgery at the hospital.

According to News 12 KXII, the accident happened on Highway 121 just south of Bonham at around 2:50 p.m. The accident site is about 22 miles northeast of McKinney. The incident is still under investigation. Units from the Trenton and Bonham fire departments responded to the scene.

Photos from the accident scene showed a gray Ford SUV and a red sedan that were involved in the incident. A car turned in front of Hall’s vehicle which resulted in the crash. A close friend was driving Hall’s vehicle and Hall was the passenger. The drivers of both vehicles were not hurt in the incident. Hall sustained a hip injury and minor cuts and bruises.

Hall has three sons and five grandchildren. His wife, Mary Ellen Murphy, died in 2008 after 64 years of marriage. His family members declined to speak to the media about the incident.

Hall, who is a World War II veteran, lost a District 4 primary challenge in a Republican runoff election earlier this year. He is scheduled to leave office in January after completing 17 terms.

News Source: Blogs.RollCall.com

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