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US commerce secretary John Bryson has been released from hospital after being involved in two car crashes

US commerce secretary John Bryson has been released from hospital after being involved in two car crashes

US commerce secretary John Bryson has been released from hospital after being involved in two car crashes

US Commerce Secretary John Bryson will take medical leave as he undergoes tests and evaluations after suffering a seizure in connection with two traffic accidents in the Los Angeles area, the White House has said.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement that President Barack Obama's thoughts were with Mr Bryson and his family.

The Commerce Department said Mr Bryson transferred his functions and duties as secretary to Deputy Secretary Rebecca Blank, who is now acting commerce secretary.

The department said Mr Bryson suffered a seizure on Saturday and had "limited recall" of the events related to the incident.

PA