- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 12, 2017

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Sen. Steve Smith and a campaign staffer walked away from a violent car crash after an appearance at a parade on the Navajo Nation.

The Arizona Republic reports (https://bit.ly/2h1SIu6 ) Smith says he was in the passenger seat Sunday of an SUV driven by campaign staffer Mark Fitzgerald. They were traveling near the Arizona-New Mexico border, headed back to Phoenix, when the vehicle hydroplaned on rain-slick roads.

Smith says the vehicle careened into the median going about 65 mph.

Fitzgerald turned the wheel, sending the vehicle back into their lane and into the back end of a semitruck.

Smith, who is running for a seat in Congress, posted pictures on Facebook showing the passenger side of the vehicle had caved in.

Smith credits divine intervention for them surviving the crash.

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