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Danny Briere gets in car accident, but no one suffers serious injury

Danny Briere, Scott Hartnell

Philadelphia Flyers’ Danny Briere, left, celebrates with teammate Scott Hartnell after Briere’s second goal in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Ottawa Senators, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 5-1. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)


Danny Briere was in a car accident last night, but luckily, the only hockey-related news item that could be referred to as a “tragedy” today will happen if Montreal Canadiens fans are being melodramatic about the Jaroslav Halak trade. Briere and his nine year old son Cameron left a Binghampton hospital with only minor injuries and the person driving the truck he bumped into didn’t suffer any major problems either.

So, instead, it was just a close call for the leading point producer of the 2010 playoffs. It sounds like it could have been a really dangerous accident, though, from the AP report.

The accident happened around 12:30 a.m. Thursday on Interstate 81 just north of the New York-Pennsylvania line.

New York State Police Sgt. Steven Barlow says Briere was “a little drowsy” and trying to pass the truck when his SUV drifted to the right in the passing lane and clipped the tractor-trailer.

Briere’s black Land Rover then hit a guardrail as the tractor-trailer jackknifed and flipped onto its side.

It’s great to hear that no one was seriously injured in the accident.

OK, so there might have been one tragedy: the accident backed up traffic in the area for five hours. Yikes.