Kerry hospitalized in Switzerland after bike crash
GENEVA – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry broke his leg in bike crash Sunday while in Switzerland for talks on Iran’s nuclear program, apparently after hitting a curb, and scrapped the rest of a four-nation trip that included an international conference on combating the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS.)
Kerry was in stable condition and in good spirits as he prepared to return to Boston for further treatment with the doctor who previously operated on his hip, U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said. He said X-rays at a Swiss hospital confirmed that Kerry fractured his right femur.
“The secretary is stable and never lost consciousness, his injury is not life-threatening and he is expected to make a full recovery,” Kirby said in a statement.
Kerry was taken by helicopter to Geneva’s main medical center, HUG, after apparently hitting a curb with his bike near Scionzier, France, about 25 miles southeast of the Swiss border.
Paramedics and a physician were on the scene with his motorcade at the time and provided him immediate attention. They quickly decided to order the 10-minute-long helicopter transport.
CBS News correspondent Margaret Brennan reports the secretary of state was wearing safety gear at the time, and is an avid cyclist. Kerry can often be spotted transporting his bike on his government plane so he can ride during breaks in his diplomatic work.
During discussions in late March and early April between world powers and Iran, he took several bike trips during breaks. Those talks were in Lausanne, Switzerland, and led to a framework agreement.
Kerry had been in Geneva for six hours of meetings with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday as the sides now work to seal a comprehensive accord by June 30.
Kerry regrets not being able to make the rest of his scheduled stops, Kirby said. The top U.S. diplomat had planned to travel later Sunday to Madrid for meetings with Spain’s king and prime minister, before spending two days in Paris for an international gathering to combat ISIS.
He will participate in the Paris conference remotely, Kirby said.
Kerry’s decision to seek treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital was made because the fracture is near the site of his prior hip surgery, Kirby said.