Sen. Blumenthal Breaks Leg at UConn Victory Parade, Set to Undergo Surgery

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U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal apparently broke his leg on Saturday while making a public appearance where thousands of his constituents were celebrating UConn Huskies men’s NCAA basketball championship victory.

The incedent involving the Democrat Senator came as fans congregated for a parade to commemorate UConn’s huge tournament win over the San Diego State Aztecs, making the Huskies the second only No. 4 seed to win March Madness, joining 1997 Arizona.

As reported by CT Insider:

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal suffered a broken leg Saturday while attending the victory parade celebrating the UConn Huskies men’s basketball national championship in downtown Hartford.

Blumenthal, 77, is expected to undergo surgery on Sunday to help repair the fracture, according to Kathleen McWilliams, the senator’s communications director.

McWilliams said Blumenthal was injured when another paradegoer tripped and fell on top of the three-term Democratic senator from behind. Despite the injury, McWilliams said Blumenthal anticipates “a full, strong recovery.”

Tens of thousands of Huskies fans gathered in the capital city to celebrate the team’s fifth national title. The procession began at the state Capitol and ended with a rally on Trumbull Street in front of the XL Center.

Here’s video of CBS covering the incident: