SAN GABRIEL - U.S. Secretary of Commerce John Bryson was involved in two car crashes just minutes apart on Saturday in San Gabriel and Rosemead, which are now being blamed on the secretary having a seizure, officials said.
About 5:05 p.m. on Saturday, Bryson was allegedly involved in a hit and run traffic collision in the 400 block of South San Gabriel Boulevard in San Gabriel. Bryson was allegedly travelling southbound in a Lexus on San Gabriel Boulevard and rear-ended a Buick occupied by three males that was stopped on the street awaiting a passing train, officials said.
Bryson spoke with the males, then left the scene, hitting the same car again as he left the scene. The three males followed him in their car while calling San Gabriel Police officers via 911 and asking for assistance.
Bryson then allegedly caused a collision involving a second car at about 5:10 p.m. while driving southbound on San Gabriel Boulevard at Hellman Avenue in Rosemead, where he was found alone and unconscious behind the wheel of his vehicle.
He was treated at the scene by Los Angeles County Fire paramedics and transported to a local hospital for medical aid where he was admitted for treatment for non life-threatening injuries, officials said.
Two of the three males in the Buick (first collision) were treated by paramedics for pain complaints, officials said.
The second vehicle that was struck was a Honda Accord occupied by a man and a woman, one of whom complained of pain as a result of the collision, but suffered no major injuries and declined medical aid, officials said.
There was minor damage to the Lexus and Honda Accord.
The investigation is in its preliminary stages. At this point in time, there is no indication that alcohol or drugs played a role in the collisions, officials said.
Bryson's vehicle was stored by San Gabriel Police Department officers pending investigation. The San Gabriel collision is under investigation as a felony hit and run, officials said.