U.S. Secretary of Commerce John Bryson
(CBS NEWS) -- The Commerce Department announced Monday that its chief, Secretary John Bryson, suffered a seizure over a weekend in which he was cited in a felony hit-and-run case in southern California.
"Secretary Bryson was involved in a traffic accident in Los Angeles over the weekend," spokeswoman Jennifer Friedman said in a statement. "He suffered a seizure."
Only minor injuries were reported in the two accidents in San Gabriel and Rosemead, Calif., outside Los Angeles Saturday around 5 p.m. PT. Bryson was found unconscious at the scene of the second accident.
Bryson was hospitalized overnight for observation, according to Friedman. He was in California to give a commencement address and has since returned to Washington.
On "CBS This Morning" Monday, before the Commerce Department's announcement, David Axelrod, senior adviser to President Obama's re-election campaign, didn't provide further details.
"This news broke overnight, so I don't really have anything to contribute to that. Obviously it's concerning, but, you know, I'm not going to comment because I don't know any of the details," he said.