RALEIGH – Governor Pat McCrory was in a “minor” car accident in Santa Clara, California on Sunday night as he was leaving the Super Bowl. According to police, the California Highway Patrol vehicle the governor was riding in was rear-ended around 8 p.m. The governor’s press office reports that he is experiencing some pain, but was able to continue on to his destination in another car.
“We were very fortunate, and while I am still proud of the Carolina Panthers, this puts the game in proper perspective,” McCrory said in the statement. “I want to thank the California Highway Patrol and EMS for their professionalism and quick action.”
The California Highway Patrol and the EMS responded to the scene, but said McCrory declined treatment. He also issued a statement thanking the Carolina Panthers for a great season, and congratulating the Denver Broncos on their 24-10 win in Super Bowl 50.
“I want to first congratulate Coach Ron Rivera and his team for getting the Panthers to the Super Bowl as NFC champs and putting North Carolina in the national spotlight. This was definitely a remarkable a season for our hometown team,” said McCrory. “With that said, congratulations to the Denver Broncos on winning Super Bowl 50. I truly believe this was a contest between the two best teams in the NFL.”
To honor a friendly pre-game wager with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, Governor Pat McCrory will be donating 50 cases of North Carolina turkey burgers and 50 cases of North Carolina turkey sausages to a Colorado food bank, and a donation of dog food to an animal shelter. The turkey products will be provided by North Carolina-based Butterball, LLC.