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Snyder uninjured in 'minor' traffic crash near Hartland

Chad Livengood
Detroit News Lansing Bureau

Lansing – — A vehicle transporting Gov. Rick Snyder was rear-ended at a stoplight near Hartland Tuesday afternoon, but the governor was not injured in the "very minor" accident, a spokesman said.

At about 2 p.m., Snyder's unmarked state police sport utility vehicle was struck from behind by the driver of a 2001 Honda Accord near M-59 and U.S. 23 in Livingston County, said Dave Murray, the governor's deputy press secretary.

Murray called it a "very, very minor fender bender."

"The governor was uninjured," he said.

When asked whether Snyder was wearing his seat belt, Murray replied: "Of course. He always does."

Michigan State Police spokeswoman Tiffany Brown said the snowy weather and poor road conditions may have played a role in accident, but the cause remains under investigation.

Murray said there was minor damage to the vehicle that struck Snyder's SUV, but neither its driver nor any passengers had injuries.

"There was no apparent damage to the governor's vehicle," he said.

A trooper found the driver of the 2001 Honda Accord at fault, but did not issue the driver a citation because the damage was minor, Brown said.

Because of security protocols, the governor's office would not reveal where Snyder was sitting in the vehicle or the names of other passengers and the driver of his vehicle.

Snyder is leaving the state Wednesday for his fourth trade mission to China.

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