Orlando Democratic State Sen. Victor Torres and his wife Carmen Torres were injured in a car crash Wednesday morning in Tallahassee but have been released from the hospital.

The three-car crash – with the Torreses in the middle – occurred early Wednesday right in front of the Capitol Building, at the corner of Apalachee Parkway and Calhoun Street, said their daughter, state Rep. Amy Mercado of Orlando.

“They are OK,” Mercado said. “Obviously they are going to have a little pain, but they are good.”

The Torreses were treated at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare and released a short time ago, according to Sen. Torres’s Facebook page.

“Thank you for all the well wishes & prayers, Carmen & I have left the hospital and aside from being a little sore, everyone is ok!” he posted.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Torres and the driver in front of him were stopped for the red light on Apalachee at Calhoun at 8 a.m. A 1999 Toyota Tacoma slammed into the rear of Torres’s car, pushing it into the car in front of him. The patrol reported that the Toyota driver, John B. Williams of Monticello, was distracted by an electronic device and failed to stop. He was cited for careless driving.

The Torreses and the driver of the front car were all taken by ambulance to Tallahassee Memorial.

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