Kerry Breaks Leg in Bike Crash, Cancels Trip

Secretary will return to Boston for further treatment
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 31, 2015 5:25 AM CDT
Updated May 31, 2015 6:52 AM CDT
Kerry Hospitalized After Bike Crash
FILE - In this May 20, 2015 file photo, Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at the Blair House in Washington. Kerry is in stable condition in a Swiss hospital after suffering a leg injury in a bike crash on Sunday, May 31, 2015. Kerry was flown to Hospital University Geneva and is being evaluated.    (Andrew Harnik)

(Newser) – Secretary of State John Kerry has broken his leg in bike crash near Geneva and has called off the rest of a four-nation trip. Kerry now plans to return to the United States today after X-rays at a Swiss hospital confirmed that he fractured his right femur. He will receive further treatment in Boston. State Department spokesman John Kirby says Kerry will be treated by the same doctor who performed a prior hip surgery. Kirby says Kerry is stable, never lost consciousness and that his injury is not life-threatening. He says Kerry should make a full recovery and is in good spirits. Kerry suffered the accident near Scionzier, France, southeast of the Swiss border. Paramedics and a physician were on the scene with his motorcade at the time.

Kerry had planned to travel later today to Madrid for meetings with Spain's king and prime minister, before spending two days in Paris for an international conference on combating the Islamic State. Kerry's cycling rides have become a theme of his diplomatic journeys, often taking his bike with him on the plane. During discussions in late March and early April between world powers and Iran, he took several bike rides during breaks in the negotiations. Kerry met Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for six hours in a Geneva hotel yesterday as the sides now work to seal a comprehensive accord by June 30. (Read more John Kerry stories.)

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