Katie Arrington, who ousted incumbent South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford in a Republican congressional primary this month, was seriously injured in a car accident on Friday — in a wreck that left one person dead.

In a statement posted to Facebook, her expedition was indicated that she experienced surgery after she was injured when a driver traveling in the wrong direction reach her vehicle. A friend who was also in the car was seriously injured.

The Post and Courier reported that the driver in the other vehicle died at the scene.

Her office said that she suffered a fracture in her back, several transgress ribs and other harms that required surgery including the removal of part of her small intestine and a part of her colon.

“Additionally, the prime artery in her legs has a partial collapse and will require a stent, ” the statement said. “Additional surgeries will be required including one likely today; and it is likely that Katie will remain hospitalized for the next two weeks.”

“As her family asked last nighttime, Katie asks for your continued prayers for the deceased and the deceased’s family, as well as prayers for a quick convalescence for Katie and her friend.”

A follow up Facebook post Saturday revealed that Arrington is “in critical but stable condition” and is set to have “another major surgical procedure” Sunday morning.

She “remains humbled, inspired, and deep moved by the outpouring of support, ” the upright continued. “Moreover, Katie is extremely grateful for and promoted by the devotions being put forward from across the community.”

Arrington’s Democratic rival, Joe Cunningham, said that he was suspending his safarus until futher notice. President Trump tweeted that he was sending his thoughts and devotions to all those involved in the accident and their families.

Arrington’s shock primary win over Sanford established national headlines as a admonition of Sanford’s “Never Trump”-style rhetoric and his busines bedeviled by scandal.


Arrington, a regime representative and a relative political beginner, secured Trump’s support hours before the primary referendum. “Shes been” vocal in her approval of Trump and had applied Sanford’s criticism of the president as one of the foundations of her campaign.

“I fully endorse Katie Arrington for Congress in SC, a district I love, ” tweeted Trump ahead of the primary. “She is tough on crime and will continue our fight to lower taxes. VOTE Katie! “

“It was amazing. It obviously continued us from a run-off, ” Arrington said on “Fox& Friends” about the president’s intervention.

Trump would apparently go on to mock Sanford at a meeting with House Republican: “I want to congratulate Mark on a great race.”

Fox News’ Elizabeth Zwirz, Gregg Re and The Associated Press contributed to this report .

Adam Shaw is a reporter comprising U.S. and European politics for Fox News .. He can be reached here.