John Kerry Breaks Leg In Bike Accident
John Kerry broke his leg in a bike accident in France on Sunday.
The Secretary of State, 71, was cycling on his own bike on a Tour de France route in Scionzier when he hit a curb and fell from the bike. According to State Department spokesman John Kirby, “Paramedics and a physician were on the scene with the Secretary’s motorcade at the time of the accident.” He was given on-site medical treatment, before being flown via helicopter to Geneva, Switzerland for hospital care.
The injury is to Kerry’s right femur, and while not life-threatening, it could take months for the thighbone to heal. Kerry will now be flown back to the United States to be examined by in Boston by the same doctor who previously operated on the politician’s hip, as the broken bone is in the same area.
Kerry had been overseas for a meeting with Iranian diplomats in Geneva, and then was expected to go to Spain later Sunday, before attending a counter-ISIS coalition ministerial meeting in Paris on Tuesday. Kirby says, “Secretary Kerry is in good spirits and is grateful to the French and Swiss authorities, doctors, and nurses who assisted him after the accident.”
The former presidential candidate is an experienced cyclist, though he previously injured his shoulder during a biking mishap in 1992. Kerry is pictured above at a 2011 bike race in his home state of Massachusetts. Gossip Cop wishes the official a speedy recovery.