Former Alabama Governor Hurt in Motorcycle Crash

Former Alabama Governor Bob Riley was injured in an Alaska motorcycle crash.Former Alabama Governor Bob Riley was injured in a motorcycle accident near Fairbanks, Alaska, according to published reports.

Riley was reportedly on a long planned cross-country motorcycle trip from Ashland, Alabama, to Alaska when the crash occurred. Riley’s former chief of staff, Dave Stewart, told media outlets that Riley was operating his bike on a dirt and gravel road in the rain and “had to lay the motorcycle down” to avoid losing control.

“He said some nice folks stopped and helped and took him to the hospital,” Stewart told the Anniston Star.

Riley was hospitalized for several broken bones and a punctured lung but is expected to make a full recovery. His wife, Patsy Riley, and son, Rob, are reportedly traveling to Alaska to be by Riley’s bedside.

Riley was elected governor of Alabama in 2002 and then re-elected in 2006.

There were nine fatalities as the result of motorcycle crashes in Alaska during the first nine months of 2010, according to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, two more than during that same period the year before. The agency reported overall motorcycle deaths declined 2.4 percent between 2009 and 2010.