Wisconsin state Senator Kathleen Vinehout was involved in a car wreck Sunday morning en route to Milwaukee, a member of her staff told The Progressive.

The likely gubernatorial candidate's condition was unclear at time of this story's publication. The staffer said that Vinehout appeared to have injured her arm, and that they were headed to a nearby hospital.

Her social media accounts were later updated with word that she sustained multiple fractures to her right arm and will require surgery. Despite the injury, Vinehout was said to be "doing quite well."

Her vehicle was ensnared in a massive pileup on Interstate 94 on Sunday morning. An eyewitness account published to Twitter called the scene "horrific," and photos showed dozens of cars smashed up and strewn across the highway.

30 car pileup in Milwaukee pic.twitter.com/5IKYIBeU9s

-- Dan Emmons (@CoderTrader) December 8, 2013

There were so many auto accidents in Wisconsin on Sunday that it was not immediately clear how many people were injured in the I-94 pileup, or exactly how many cars were involved. At least one person died, according to The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Just moments before the accident occurred, Vinehout's official Facebook account announced that two speaking events, in Kenosha and Racine, were canceled due to the weather.

"Please don't drive in SE Wis today if you don't have to," the post suggested. "Travel is not improving."

Her official social media accounts were later updated confirming the wreck.

"Thank you to everyone who has been asking about Kathleen," a member of her staff wrote on Facebook. "Here's what we know so far. Kathleen's vehicle was involved in a multi-car accident on I94 near Racine this morning. She is currently receiving care at a local hospital. If more details become available we will do our best to let you know."

The account was updated on Monday morning with details of her injury.

Vinehout has been inching closer to announcing her intent to run for the Democratic nomination for governor against former commerce secretary Mary Burke. The senator recently told reporters that she plans to decide upon the run in January, but has already hired a campaign organizer.

Updated from an original version.



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Trump's politics are not the problem.

The fiery Milwaukee Sheriff is on the shortlist to head the Department of Homeland Security.

By Wendell Berry

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more 
of everything ready made. Be afraid 
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery 
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card 
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something 
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know. 
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord. 
Love the world. Work for nothing. 
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it. 
Denounce the government and embrace 
the flag. Hope to live in that free 
republic for which it stands. 
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man 
has not encountered he has not destroyed.
Ask the questions that have no answers. 
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.

Say that the leaves are harvested 
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus 
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion—put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come. 
Expect the end of the world. Laugh. 
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts. 
So long as women do not go cheap 
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy 
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep 
of a woman near to giving birth? 
Go with your love to the fields.
Lie easy in the shade. Rest your head 
in her lap. Swear allegiance 
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos 
can predict the motions of your mind, 
lose it. Leave it as a sign 
to mark the false trail, the way 
you didn’t go. Be like the fox 
who makes more tracks than necessary, 
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

Wendell Berry is a poet, farmer, and environmentalist in Kentucky. This poem, first published in 1973, is reprinted by permission of the author and appears in his “New Collected Poems” (Counterpoint).

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