CHARLESTON  — A mere few days before the start of the legislative session, State Senate Finance Chairman Craig Blair broke his nose and dislocated his hip in a traffic accident.

Blair, a Republican representing Berkeley County, will likely miss the start of the legislative session.

“I don’t think it’s realistic, but if I can be there I will be there. I can’t move right now. I can’t get up and move,” Blair told the MetroNews on Monday in a telephone call from his room at Charleston Area Medical Center’s General Hospital.

The annual legislative session begins today. Blair was in Charleston preparing for the session when the accident happened about 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the Kanawha City area of Charleston.

He had just left a Subway sandwich shop, where he was trying to get a tuna sandwich and drive back to the Capitol in his F150.

He was on a one-way street which crosses the Kanawha River and onto Interstate 64, when another vehicle in the right lane cut him off while trying to turn left without signaling.

Blair wound up taking the worst of it because he hit a concrete barrier. The police report says the front end of the F150 sustained heavy damage and had to be towed away.

“Nobody got hurt. But it pushed me into the concrete pylons there that keeps people from running into the Kanawha River,” Blair said.

No one in the other vehicle was injured, according to the police report. That vehicle did not have to be towed.

The injuries sustained in the accident will keep Blair away from the legislative session for a little while, but expects to be back at some point during the session.

Blair, 60, owns a small business in the Martinsburg area. He was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2002 and then was elected to the Senate in 2012. He was named chairman of the Senate Finance Committee in 2017.

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