Secretary Kerry flown to Swiss hospital after bike crash

FILE - In this March 16, 2015 file picture U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, rides a bike after a bilateral meeting with the Iranian Foreign Minister in Lausanne, Switzerland. Kerry is in stable condition in a Swiss hospital after suffering a leg injury in a bike crash outside Geneva Switzerland on Sunday, May 31, 2015. (Jean-Christophe Bott,Keystone via AP, file)

GENEVA (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry was helicoptered to a Swiss hospital Sunday after a bike crash outside of Geneva, where he had been holding nuclear talks with Iran’s foreign minister.

Kerry suffered a likely leg injury, but did not lose consciousness, State Department spokesman John Kirby said. The top American diplomat was in stable condition, Kirby said.

Kerry suffered the accident near Scionzier, France, about 40 kilometers southeast of the Swiss border. Paramedics and a physician were on the scene with his motorcade at the time.

Kerry was transported to Geneva’s main hospital HUG, where he was being evaluated, Kirby said. A paramedic traveling with his motorcade immediately examined the secretary after his bike apparently hit a curb, causing the fall, Kirby said. X-rays were being taken of Kerry’s right leg.

It was unclear how long Kerry was expected to stay in hospital or if he could call off the remainder of his four-nation trip.

Kerry 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 conference on combating the Islamic State group.

Kerry’s cycling rides have become a theme of his diplomatic journeys. He often takes his bike with him on the plane.

During discussions in late March and early April between world powers and Iran, he took several bike trips during breaks in the negotiations. Those talks were held in Lausanne, Switzerland, and led to a framework agreement.

Kerry met Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for six hours in a Geneva hotel Saturday as the sides now work to seal a comprehensive accord by June 30.

 

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