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Oakland Mayor Jean Quan Involved In Car Accident

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OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Oakland Mayor Jean Quan was involved in a car crash Sunday after witnesses say she ran a red light while possibly talking on her cell phone.

Quan was involved in the crash at the intersection of 27th and Market Streets around 7 p.m.Witnesses at the scene say Quan ran a red light, causing the crash.

“I know. I was standing right there when it happened, and I really clearly seen her run the red light,” witness Margaret Randall said.However, the mayor denies she was on her phone when the accident happened, and says she will submit her phone records to investigators.

A representative for the Mayor’s office said it appeared no one had been injured in the accident.

Mayor Quan issued a statement Sunday night, saying “I was driving between two community events in West Oakland when another vehicle struck my left rear tire. I immediately pulled over and checked to make sure no one was hurt. Police are investigating what led to the collision, and I’m going to let them do their job and report out the details.”

In Sunday's accident, Oakland police said Quan was driving alone in her SUV northbound on Market Street when her car collided with a Nissan going eastbound on 26th Street about 5:30 p.m.

At first, police said officer didn't know who was at fault. Officers later told the Oakland Tribune that a 36-year-old woman in the Nissan ran a red light and hit the left rear of Quan's car. Quan tweeted that the Nissan struck her left-rear tire.

But still, there are conflicting reports from witnesses about whether the mayor had the right of way. Two witnesses told NBC Bay Area the mayor ran a red light and may have been distracted behind the wheel.

"She was completely distracted," witness Margarett Randel said. "She was looking down. She was not looking at the road, so I don’t even think she noticed that the light had turned red."

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