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"Bike Fall Lands Gov. Perry at Hospital" … e_accident

Bike Fall Lands Gov. Perry at Hospital
Updated: Tuesday, 09 Jun 2009, 10:15 PM CDT
Published : Tuesday, 09 Jun 2009, 9:39 PM CDT

HOUSTON - Gov. Rick Perry was taken to a hospital in Austin after he broke his collarbone during a mountain biking accident Tuesday evening.

Perry was riding a bicycle near his home when he fell and broke his collarbone and suffered a minor abrasion on his elbow, a spokesperson with the governor's office said. He was transported to Seton Medical Center Austin, where he is expected to be treated and released later Tuesday.

Perry was scheduled to make an appearance at the Unversity of Texas-Medical Branch in Galveston Wednesday morning to sign a piece of legislation awarding the facility millions of dollars to help repair damage caused by Hurricane Ike.

But the spokesperson said the Galveston event, along with the ones in Corpus Christi and South Padre Island, has been canceled. They have not re-set a date. … spill.html

Governor breaks collarbone in bicycle spill
Web Posted: 06/09/2009 10:46 CDT
By R.G. Ratcliffe - Express-News

AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry was mountain biking near his home in the hills west of Austin Tuesday evening when he broke his collar bone in an accident.

Via the social networking service Twitter and referring to messages posted on it, Perry thanked well-wishers for their "tweets and prayers" and said he planned to be back at work Thursday.

"First Nurse was great," he wrote this morning, referring to his wife Anita, "and I will be in office reading and signing bills tomorrow. Bike helmets work!!"

The accident caused Perry to postpone his expected tour of Galveston, Corpus Christi and South Padre Island today to sign legislation authorizing spending for hurricane recovery and an overhaul of the Texas windstorm insurance system.

Perry's office said he also received an abrasion to his right elbow in the 7:30 p.m. accident, which occurred near his home in the Estates Above Lost Creek. Perry Communications Director Mark Miner said there were no more details of the accident immediately available.

Perry was taken to the emergency room at Seton Medical Center in Austin for treatment. The governor was released on Tuesday night.

Perry currently is living in a $9,900-a-month house that the state rented as his residence originally while the Governor's Mansion was being remodeled. The house has become the unofficial governor's residence due to an arson that did massive damage to the house on Colorado Street near the Capitol.


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