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Brady involved in car accident

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  September 9, 2010 08:08 AM

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The photo above of the crash scene was provided by Hanna LeStrange. A reader contributed the photo below.

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was involved a car crash this morning in Boston's Back Bay section, but he was not hospitalized, the team said this morning.

"Patriots QB Tom Brady was in a car accident this morning. He was not hospitalized and is expected at Gillette Stadium today," the team said in an official Tweet.

bradycrash2.jpgA sedan and a passenger van collided at 6:34 a.m. at Commonwealth Avenue and Gloucester Street, said Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald.

The driver of the sedan was able to get out and was walking around after the crash. A man was stuck in the back of the passenger van and had to be removed with the Jaws of Life, then transported to an area hospital, MacDonald said. He said the traffic light was hit during the accident and Boston police are investigating.

A law enforcement source said the man driving the sedan was Brady. The unconscious passenger in the van was transported to Brigham and Women's Hospital, police said.

One witness told reporters that Brady was traveling east on Gloucester Street and had a green light at Commonwealth when the minivan, traveling on Commonwealth, went through a red light and the two vehicles collided.

Neighborhood resident Bill Barron said he heard a sound like thunder and looked out his window to see the accident.

"I thought it was a college student who had taken his dad's car and got into an accident," he said.

He said Brady seemed a little shaken and was dusting glass off himself.

He said the man extricated from the van appeared to be conscious by the time he was taken into the ambulance.

Hanna LeStrange, who was staying at a friend's house across the green, said she heard the boom, and went over to the scene.

"It was just really high-impact, you could tell. The front of the Audi was off," she said.

"He was sort of bent over, looked completely shaken up. He got up and just started wiping his jeans," she said.

Another witness who came across the aftermath of the crash said Brady emerged from his Audi sedan and "looked a little shook up, shaking his hands." Brady went into an ambulance and a few minutes later was picked up by someone in a Jeep Cherokee and drove off.

"It took us a few minutes to realize it was him," said the witness, who declined to be identified.

The crash comes as the Patriots are gearing up for their season opener on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Globe reported earlier this week that Brady and the Patriots were trying to iron out a multi-year contract extension.

Mike Bello of the Globe staff contributed to this report.

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