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Sinn Fein Leader Hurt in Car Crash

November 7, 1996

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) _ Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams canceled his appointments Thursday after being hurt in a car accident.

Adams was a passenger in a car that collided late Wednesday with another vehicle on a country road in County Louth in Ireland, near the border with British-ruled Northern Ireland, a statement issued by Sinn Fein said.

Adams, his driver and the couple in the other car ``all suffered whiplash and bruising″ but otherwise were unhurt, the statement said. Adams was treated at a hospital and released.

Adams’ aide, Richard McAuley, said Adams was headed back to Belfast from a Sinn Fein meeting at the time of the accident.

Adams, 48, has led Sinn Fein, a party allied with the Irish Republican Army, since 1983. He was imprisoned without trial in the early 1970s as a reputed IRA commander.

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