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MLK family members in bus crash while leaving ‘Dream’ rally

- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 29, 2013

Members of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s family who attended the Wednesday event in Washington, D.C., to mark the 50th anniversary of the famous activist's "I Have a Dream Speech" were involved in a bus crash as they were headed home.

Mr. King's sister, Christine King Farris, was among the family members on board the bus, NBC reported.

The bus they were riding had just exited the National Mall area — shortly after President Obama spoke — when a red minivan ran a red light. The van hit the side of their bus, Park Police Sergeant J. Innis said, to Reuters.

The bus driver was not able to hit his brakes and stop, NBC reported.

"It was just a minor accident, just a fender bender," a police spokesman said. "[The van] would not have been going very fast. The traffic in that area goes at like, 20 or 25 miles per hour, tops."

The bus driver was taken to the hospital for observation, but nobody was harmed in the incident, police said.

TMZ reported that reality television star Omarosa Manigault was traveling on the bus with the King family. She tweeted, after the accident: "Yikes just got banged up a lil bit on bus — I am ok! #HitMyHead ouch."

Previously, she had sent out a photograph of herself on Twitter on board the bus.

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