FILE-This March 29, 2012 file photo shows U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson during a session organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in Mumbai, India. Police are investigating two traffic collisions allegedly caused Bryson that left him injured, authorities said Monday June 11, 2012. [auth] One of the crashes was under investigation as a felony hit and run, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department and the San Gabriel Police Department said. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade,File)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says Commerce Secretary John Bryson will take a medical leave as he undergoes tests and evaluations after suffering a seizure in connection with two traffic accidents in the Los Angeles area.
White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement Monday that President Barack Obama’s thoughts were with Bryson and his family.
The Commerce Department said Bryson transferred his functions and duties as secretary to Deputy Secretary Rebecca Blank, who is now acting commerce secretary.
The department said Bryson suffered a seizure on Saturday and had “limited recall” of the events related to the incident.