Gene Hackman hit by car while biking, is OK

Oscar-winning actor Gene Hackman was taken to the hospital earlier today after being hit by a pickup trick while riding his bike in Florida, Hackman’s rep confirmed.

The 81-year-old actor had to be airlifted to the hospital, but his condition wasn’t serious, despite earlier reports–he was biking on the Florida Keys, and being that the Florida Keys are islands, an airlift was the only way to get Hackman to the hospital to be checked out.

In a statement to TMZ, who first broke the story, Hackman’s rep confirmed that the actor is fine, and that he only suffered ” bumps and bruises after a woman bumped him from behind in her vehicle.” The bike accident took place at around 3:00 p.m. local time, TMZ says. Hackman was released from the hospital several hours after being admitted.

A report from the Associated Press says that the actor was riding his bike without a helmet when Hackman was hit by the truck, and was thrown onto the grassy shoulder. There’s currently no word of any charges being filed against the woman who struck Hackman.

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