Mar 2, 2010 6:16 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Update: Gov. Ritter remains hospitalized following crash

A spokesman for Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter says the governor was in good spirits after being taken to a hospital following a bicycle collision this morning. Ritter apparently suffered several broken ribs when he collided with another cyclist. The governor was taken to Denver Health Medical Center.

His condition wasn't immediately available, but spokesman Evan Dreyer said the governor was laughing and joking with hospital staff and his wife, Jeannie.

Dreyer said Ritter was one of five bicyclists about 2½ miles north of the governor's mansion just before dawn when his wheel hit the wheel of a man in front of him. The other cyclist had a minor wrist injury and wasn't hospitalized.

Dreyer said several of Ritter's appointments were turned over Lt. Gov. Barbara O'Brien.


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