February 08, 2016

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory sustained minor injuries after the vehicle he was riding in was rear-ended shortly after the Carolina Panthers' Super Bowl loss.

California Highway Patrol Officer Ross Lee said the vehicle was traveling on State Route 237 around 8 p.m. Sunday after leaving Levi's Stadium when it was hit from behind by a Mercedes.

McCrory's press secretary says the car the governor was riding in was totaled.

The governor's office said in a statement McCrory experienced ''minor pain'' but was able to continue to his destination in another vehicle.

Lee said McCrory declined treatment.

''We were very fortunate, and while I am still proud of the Carolina Panthers, this puts the game in proper perspective,'' McCrory said in a statement issued early Monday. ''I want to thank the California Highway Patrol and EMS for their professionalism and quick action.''

After the 24-10 loss to the Denver Broncos, McCrory issued a statement congratulating Panthers Coach Ron Rivera and the team for making it to the championship and for ''putting North Carolina in the national spotlight.''

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