George Clooney hospitalised after motorbike crash

Broken rib, 'but he is doing fine'

George Clooney was rushed to hospital after being knocked off his motorbike.

The Syriana actor suffered a fractured rib and burns, while his passenger, girlfriend Sarah Larson, broke her foot after the pair were hit by a car in Weehawken, New Jersey, at around 3.30pm on Friday (21.09.07).

The couple, who were both wearing helmets, were treated at the Palisades Medical Center and released later that night.

Clooney's spokesman Stan Rosenfield said: "He was treated for a hairline fracture of a rib and road rash. It is a very painful injury and is likely to take a long time to heal, but he is doing fine."

Rosenfield has blamed the driver of the Mazda car involved the accident for the incident.

He claims Albert Sciancaledore, 27, signalled he was turning left on a busy narrow street, but then made a sudden right turn and collided with Clooney.

Rosenfield said: "The car signalled left. George was riding to the right. The driver decided to make an abrupt right turn and clipped George."

Sciancaledore reportedly told police Clooney was racing to overtake cars in the right hand lane when the accident happened.

Police are still investigating the crash, and the Ocean's Thirteen actor could face dangerous driving charges if he was attempting to overtake the
car on the right.

Sergeant Sean Kelly said: "It's a he-said, she-said argument right now, but you can't pass on the right in Weehawken or anywhere in New Jersey."

No summonses had been issued for Clooney or Sciancaledore at the time of writing.

Clooney, 46, was with Larson during a day off from shooting his latest film Burn After Reading, which also stars Brad Pitt, when the crash happened.

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