Alabama Olympian hurt in Biden motorcade accident

WASHINGTON (AP) - Birmingham, Alabama native and University of Alabama at Birmingham alum Vonetta Flowers and figure skating great Peggy Fleming sustained "minor injuries" in a traffic accident while riding in Biden's motorcade at the Vancouver Olympics.

Biden Spokesman Jay Carney says the motorcade was carrying members of the U.S. delegation to an event Sunday when the accident occurred.

Carney adds that Fleming and Flowers were taken to a hospital as a precaution and were released.

Biden was not involved in the accident. Fleming won the gold medal at the 1968 Olympics.

Flowers, a former bobsled champion joined Fleming and 1980 men's hockey gold medalist Mike Eruzione joined the vice president and his wife in welcoming the U.S. athletes to Vancouver, according to the Team USA Web site.

It was Flowers' first Olympic Games as a spectator.

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