Secretary of State John Kerry in Geneva hospital after bike accident in nearby France

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(May 31, 2015) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had a bicycle accident in France on Sunday and was flown by helicopter to a hospital in nearby Geneva, Switzerland, for examination, said State Department spokesman John Kirby.

Kerry was alert and conscious throughout, Kirby said. He likely injured his leg.

“Paramedics and a physician were on the scene with the Secretary’s motorcade at the time of the accident,” Kirby said. He received initial medical care on the site of the crash.

Kerry had traveled to Geneva for negotiations with Iranian diplomats on that country’s nuclear program. He was cycling about 30 miles from the city, which is closely surrounded by the country of France.

The Secretary is an avid cyclist who also took his bike to the region in March, when he met previously with Iranian diplomats.

Kerry injured his shoulder in a 1992 cycling accident.