Driver who rear-ended Jackson in critical condition

Updated: March 5, 2005, 4:41 PM ET
Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- Baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson was taken to the hospital with minor injuries after his sport utility vehicle was rear-ended by another SUV on Friday night.

Jackson's vehicle was stopped Friday night when an SUV "traveling at a high rate of speed" hit him from behind, Tampa police spokesman Joe Durkin said Saturday. Both vehicles flipped.

Jackson, 58, was treated and released from the hospital, Durkin said.

The other driver was in critical condition when he was brought to the hospital, Durkin said. The hospital didn't release information on him on Saturday.

Durkin said it wasn't clear how fast the other vehicle was going or whether alcohol was involved. But he said Jackson didn't appear to be at fault.

Jackson played for Oakland Athletics, the New York Yankees, the Baltimore Orioles and the California Angels in his career. He finished with 563 homers. He is now a special adviser to the Yankees.

Yankees manager Joe Torre said he thinks Jackson will be back at New York's spring training camp on Sunday.

"I talked to him this morning," Torre said. "I just wanted to make sure he was OK."


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