NEW BEDFORD (WBSM) — New Bedford City Councilor at Large Ian Abreu was involved in an automobile crash Tuesday afternoon and said he is “a little banged up” as he awaits surgery.

Abreu posted to his Facebook page on the evening of June 27 that he would be “somewhat off the grid the next day or so.”

“I was involved in a somewhat moderate to severe automobile accident earlier this afternoon. I am currently at St. Luke’s Hospital with a few broken bones amongst a few other issues, for which I will be going into surgery tomorrow morning,” he wrote. “The other individual is fine, too, thank God.”

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Abreu told WBSM Wednesday morning that he is “OK, and I feel blessed to live in the city, which has such great first responders who took great care of me at the scene yesterday.”

He also said he needs a couple of days to recover before he can get back to work.

“If the residents could at least give me a couple of days to rest and recoup, I would appreciate it,” he said. “Any urgent constituent matters can be handled by calling either the city council office, your ward counselor, or the mayor's office.”

“Thank you again from the bottom of my heart for all of your well wishes,” he said. “Just a little banged up, but I will be back in as good as new in short order.”

Abreu later posted to Facebook that he had just woken up and finally had a chance to read through everyone’s texts and comments.

“All I have to say is ‘wow,’” he wrote. “I am blown away by all of your love, support and well-wishes. You all have reduced me to tears (literally). The good in this world most certainly outweighs the bad. You’re all living proof of that.”

He added that he will be brought into surgery sometime this afternoon.

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