U.S Secretary of State John Kerry Flown To Swiss Hospital After Bike Crash
Secretary of State John Kerry was flown to a Swiss hospital Sunday following a bike crash outside Geneva, where he had been holding nuclear talks with Iran’s foreign minister.
State Department spokesman John Kirby said Kerry likely suffered a leg injury in the accident. Kerry was in stable condition.
The accident occurred near Scionzier, France, outside 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 Kerry after his bike apparently his a curb, causing the fall, Kirby said.
X-rays were being taken of Kerry’s right leg
It was unclear how long Kerry will be in the hospital four and what the accident means for the rest of his four-nation trip.
Kerry had planned to travel later Sunday to Madri 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 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.