Secretary of State John Kerry suffered a broken leg in a bike crash outside Geneva Sunday, where he had been holding nuclear talks with Iran’s foreign minister. Kerry was transported to Geneva’s main hospital HUG, where he was being evaluated, Kirby said. Paramedics and a physician were on the scene with his motorcade at the time. A paramedic immediately examined Kerry after his bike apparently hit a curb, causing the fall, Kirby said.
State Department spokesman John Kirby said Kerry never lost consciousness and is in good spirits. X-rays at the Swiss hospital confirmed that Kerry fractured his right femur. The accident occurred near Scionzier, France, outside the Swiss border.
Kerry called off the rest of his four-nation trip and will fly back to Boston for further treatment. In a statement Sunday, the State Department said although not medically required to do so, Kerry will fly on a medical aircraft to “ensure he remains comfortable and stable.”
Ending the trip means Kerry is skipping meetings with Spanish leaders and a conference in Paris on fighting the Islamic State terror group.
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 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.
Okay, how in the world do you fall off a bike and break a femur? He was on a city street, not going down a mountain.
Talk about the royalty treatment – who has a paramedic follow them around when riding a bicycle? Did George Bush have one with him when he went off-road with the wounded warriors? One year, he fell off and scraped his leg pretty bad, so did he get med-evac flown out with a paramedic at his side? No, he did not.
Someone enlighten me here, because I don’t know what ‘further treatment’ one needs after breaking a leg. The doctor says it’s broken, an assistant or a nurse wraps it up, puts a brace on it and instructs you not to put weight on it for x number of weeks. That’s it.
What a perfect excuse to end his tour and avoid talking to the French who are demanding proof of inspections before they agree to a deal with Iran.
A few of the comments from Fox’ post…
Reachout2015 said – NTSB has subpoenaed the curb for futher investigation
wayne62 – I thought you shot a horse when it broke it’s leg?
Anders123 – It was a sniper…Brian Williams saw it all…
UcanKeepUrPlan – Cut him some slack people. This man was appointed for his ability to back peddle. He’s not accustomed to moving forward.
Personally, I was wondering if Harry Reid would loan Kerry his exercise equipment for his physical therapy.