Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway were in El Campo, Texas Thursday afternoon, surveying damage from hurricane Harvey and meeting with producers and farmers. As they were leaving a listening session with producers, a vehicle traveling with them was involved in a traffic accident with another vehicle. Secretary Perdue and Chairman Conaway were riding in a separate vehicle and were not involved in the accident. One USDA and two House Agriculture Committee staff members have been taken to a local hospital to be checked out. We will have no further comment at this time.