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Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane (right), accompanied by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, speaks about a multistate task force formed to address the Northeast heroin crisis during a news conference Oct. 8, 2014, in New York.

HARRISBURG — Attorney General Kathleen Kane was recovering at her home near Scranton from a concussion suffered in an automobile accident.

Kane’s driver, a state agent, hit a parked car, her office said Friday.

The Oct. 21 accident happened when her driver reached down to pick up his iPad that fell off the seat and “took his eyes off the road for a second,” a police report said.

The accident occurred just before 7 a.m. on Chestnut Street in Dunmore, a borough in Lackawanna County, when Kane “was on her way to a morning appointment,” her spokeswoman Renee Martin said.

Kane, a passenger in the back seat, hit her head on the front seat, Martin said. She was not wearing a seat belt, though that’s not required for back seat passengers.

The speed limit along Chestnut is 15 mph, police said. The accident report does not indicate the driver was speeding.

The Attorney General’s Office released the accident report by the Dumore Police Department, though Martin said Kane’s office did not plan to release anything until aides were told a reporter made inquiries. The report is public record.

Kane, 48, of Clarks Summit was riding in a state-provided 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe accompanied by her security detail. The report names the agents as Robert Ruddy and Patrick Reese, but it’s unclear who was driving.

Kane and the agents “were transported to the hospital for observation and they’re recovering,” Martin said.

The police report listed two unspecified injuries. An agent reported pain the next day, Martin said.

Police said the parked Jeep that the state car hit was unoccupied.

Brad Bumsted is Trib Total Media’s state Capitol reporter. Reach him at 717-787-1405 or [email protected].

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