Roethlisberger 'serious but stable'

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is in serious but stable condition at Pittsburgh's Mercy Hospital with injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident Monday morning in downtown Pittsburgh near the Armstrong Tunnel. (Updated -- 11:25 p.m.)

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was injured in a motorcycle accident Monday morning.

The accident occurred on Second Avenue near the 10th Street Bridge. A witness said that Roethlisberger went over the handlebars, hit the windshield of the vehicle and then hit the ground.

Roethlisberger broke his jaw and nose, injured an orbital bone and suffered cuts on both sides of his head. He underwent seven hours of surgery Monday and was listed in serious but stable condition Monday night.

Roethlisberger wasn't wearing a helmet when he hit the front right fender of a Chrysler New Yorker that was turning left onto the 10th Street Bridge. Roethlisberger was traveling through a green light and braked before hitting the car. One report said Roethlisberger's Suzuki motorcycle left a 20-foot skid mark.

Dr. Larry Jones, chief of trauma at Mercy, said that before going into surgery Roethlisberger was speaking and aware of what was happening to him.

Pittsburgh police issued the following statement around 4 p.m.:

"The accident occurred at the intersection of Second Avenue and the 10th Street Bridge in the Bluff section. [Roethlisberger] was traveling east on Second Avenue approaching the intersection when a 1996 silver Chrysler New Yorker, traveling west on Second Avenue, made a left hand turn heading toward the 10th Street Bridge and crossed the eastbound lane. Roethlisberger's 2005 Suzuki Hayabusa motorcycle collided with the Chrysler New Yorker in the intersection. He was thrown off the motorcycle into the New Yorker. Roethlisberger, who was not wearing a helmet, was transported to Mercy Hospital for treatment as a result of injuries sustained. The Collision Investigation Unit proceeded to the scene while homicide detectives questioned witnesses and the 62-year-old female operator of the Chrysler New Yorker. The motorcycle and the New Yorker were towed for further processing. The name of the operator of the Chrysler is not being released. The vehicle is registered to the female driver who maintains residences in both Maine and Pittsburgh. The Collision Investigation Unit is continuing the investigation."

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