LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — A candidate for state representative in Massachusetts who had just left a debate accidentally struck two college students, sending both to the hospital.

Police say independent Fred Bahou struck the University of Massachusetts-Lowell students with his minivan after leaving Thursday night's debate at the school.

Bahou tells The Sun of Lowell (http://bit.ly/1G2zfQr ) he was traveling at "a slow rate of speed" when "all of a sudden they just appeared."

Both were transported to Lowell General Hospital with minor injuries.

Bahou had just finished debating Democrat Rady Mom. There is no Republican in the race.

A police spokesman said Friday that the accident remains under investigation.

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Information from: The (Lowell, Mass.) Sun, http://www.lowellsun.com