Former GOP Congressman Allen West (R-FL) was rushed to the hospital by helicopter after being involved in a terrible motorcycle accident in Waco, Texas on Saturday evening.
“Please pray for Allen West. He is in Emergency and his motorcycle has been hit outside of WACO. On my way to hospital now,” his wife announced in a Facebook post.
West is reportedly being treated for “serious” but non-life threatening injuries at a Waco hospital.
West is a retired Lt. Col. and currently is running for chairman of the Texas state Republican Party. His campaign released a full statement about the incident.
“On his drive back from the “Free Texas Rally” in Austin, TX, Lt. Col. Allen West was struck by a fellow motorcyclist. He is recovering now and has his family with him,” the statement read.
“Local law enforcement reported that ‘an unidentified vehicle changed lanes when unsafe in front of two motorcyclists. The motorcyclist attempted to brake, and the rear motorcyclist crashed into the front motorcyclist. Both motorcyclists were transported to Baylor Scott and White in Waco to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.'”
According to the statement, West suffered several serious injuries, including a concussion, fractured bones, and multiple lacerations.
The other motorcyclist involved in the accident, who has not been identified, was also transported to the hospital for treatment.
West himself said that “I am alive by the grace of God.”
West’s campaign Twitter account asked for “prayers and positivity” as West begins the journey to recovery.
His campaign also announced that he will continue campaigning to “be a proponent for freedom and the state of Texas,” but will spend several weeks recovering from the accident before returning to a full schedule.
West served in the US Army for many years, ending his stint in the military as a Lt. Colonel. He then went on to serve as a Congressman for Florida from 2011 to 2013.