By State Representative Chris Taylor
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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
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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.