POLITICS

Howard Dean's accident, on the radio; U.S. pol in fender-bender during interview

05/16/2012 04:55 EDT | Updated 07/16/2012 05:12 EDT
MONTREAL - Former U.S. politician Howard Dean was involved in a fender-bender at a rather improbable moment: in the middle of an interview with a Montreal radio station.

A conversation with CJAD host Aaron Rand was suddenly interrupted.

The former Vermont governor and Democratic presidential candidate paused and told the radio host: "We just got hit by a car, sorry — I'm gonna have to — goodbye."

Someone else in the car was heard gasping, "Oh, no."

Dean was riding in a car that was hit by a taxi. His aide, Amanda McKay, who was also in the car, said they were on their way Tuesday to a television interview elsewhere in Montreal; they were taping the interview for later use on-air.

When Dean called back the radio station 20 minutes later, he laughed off the accident. Nobody was hurt.

"We were in a traffic jam when someone turned into traffic and nicked our car," McKay explained.

Dean was in Montreal to attend a luncheon and speak about the current American presidential race. Dean had a strong start in the 2004 Democratic race, but petered out in a campaign many now remember for the notorious "Dean Scream" following a defeat in Iowa.

By all accounts, there was no screaming this week, as Dean handled the traffic incident rather calmly.

He apparently laughed off the incident when he called the station back.

"He told me it was a first for him and I wished him a safer trip home," Rand said.