Senator Collapses During Charity Race

Thom Tillis, 56, of North Carolina was conscious when taken to hospital
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 17, 2017 9:14 AM CDT
Senator Collapses During Charity Race
A file photo of Sen. Thom Tillis, R-NC.   (Susan Walsh)

Republican Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina collapsed during a Washington, DC, race Wednesday morning and was taken away by ambulance, reports the AP. Tillis, 56, was seen on the ground being administered CPR by bystanders about 15 to 20 minutes into the race, which started at 8am. Tillis at first appeared unconscious but was revived and breathing when taken away by ambulance from the ACLI Capital Challenge 3 Mile Team Race. Fox News reports he was awake at the hospital.

Sen. Tillis was taken to the hospital as a "precaution," and "we've been informed that he is up and doing better," a race spokesperson wrote in an email to Fox. Tillis is the junior North Carolina senator, elected to the Senate in November 2014 after serving in the North Carolina legislature from 2009 to 2015. He was participating in the ACLI Capital Challenge race, an annual event in Anacostia Park in the district. Many politicians and other prominent DC figures run the race, whose proceeds go to charity. (More Thom Tillis stories.)

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