Actor Liam Neeson suffered a broken pelvis after his motorcycle collided with a deer near his home, authorities said.
Neeson, 48, was riding his 1989 Harley Davidson motorcycle around noon Tuesday when a deer jumped into the road, according to the Dutchess County Sheriff’s office.
Neeson, who was wearing his helmet, was thrown from the motorcycle and landed in an earth embankment just before it ran into a tree about 70 miles north of New York City.
The Oscar-nominated Irish actor suffered a fractured right pelvis, a chipped left pelvis, and multiple leg abrasions. He was taken to Sharon Hospital in Sharon, Conn., a nursing supervisor confirmed, but she refused to release any information on his condition.
‘In Good Condition’
“I’m told that he’s in good condition and that he’s resting comfortably,” said Alan Nierob, Neeson’s publicist. “We’re expecting a quick recovery.”
Herman Staats of Hyde Park was driving his truck when he spotted Neeson lying on the roadside and alerted emergency response crews.
“He managed to crawl his way up back to the road,” Staats said. “He wanted me to drive him back to his house right up the road, but I could tell his hips were bothering him.”
Neeson, who married actress Natasha Richardson in 1994 at their town of Washington home, is among Hollywood’s top leading men.
Neeson was nominated for an Academy Award for his portrayal of Oskar Schindler in the 1993 epic Schindler’s List. He has starred in Stars Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace and Rob Roy.
Sheriff’s deputies said the deer initially ran off, but died nearby a short time after the accident.
Neeson and Richardson are among a host of celebrities who call Dutchess County home, including actors Mary Tyler Moore, Eddie Murphy and James Earl Jones, as well as singers Natalie Merchant and Pete Seeger.