Fetterman Speaks Out Following Car Accident That Sent Him to Hospital

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Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters

Sen. John Fetterman (D-PA) confirmed reports Sunday that he and his wife Gisele were involved in a car accident Sunday morning, but said in a social media post Monday night the pair were both “great.”

Earlier reports claimed Fetterman was knocked around and sent to the hospital after he rear ended another car while behind the wheel.

Fetterman and his wife Gisele were traveling near Hancock, Maryland, when the car Fetterman was driving smashed into a Chevy Impala, according to Fox 29 Philadelphia.

The couple was then transported to a hospital in West Virginia “out of an abundance of caution,” according to a statement from Fetterman’s office shared with the station.

Fetterman was treated for a bruised shoulder at the hospital. He and his wife were discharged later in the day and are now back in their hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania, according to the senator’s office.

In a social media post Monday, Gisele, appearing alongside her husband, called it “the worst anniversary ever,” before giving a thumbs down symbol.

“Yeah, not great for your wedding anniversary but we’re both great, and thank you for all of you that you care,” Fetterman said, adding that he was using frozen peas and Tylenol to help treat the pain.

The Senator’s health has been a persistent question throughout his tenure, following a stroke during his 2022 campaign that left him unable to speak for a period of time. Shortly after he returned to public life following his stroke, he again stepped back from his role in the Senate to seek clinical treatment for depression.

Most recently, Fetterman brought up his stroke on Bill Maher’s HBO Show Real Time, telling Maher that his stroke gave him the “freedom” to abandon progressive policy goals and disregard criticism from fellow Democrats.

“There’s a line from the first Batman, Joker, he’s like, ‘I’ve already been dead once already. It’s very liberating,’” Fetterman told the comedian. “That’s not reckless, that’s just freeing. It’s just freeing in a way. And I just think after beating all of that, I just really want to be able to say the things that I have to really believe in and not be afraid of if there’s any kind of blowback.”

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This story has been updated to reflect the fact that Fetterman rear-ended the other driver.

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