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Jay Leno suffered broken bones in motorcycle accident

The comedian revealed he was knocked off his bike on January 17, just months after suffering serious burns after his vintage car erupted into flames.

The comedian revealed he was knocked off his bike on January 17, just months after suffering serious burns after his vintage car erupted into flames.
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Jay Leno is recovering from a recent motorcycle accident that left him with several broken bones just months after sustaining burns in a fire that broke out in his Los Angeles garage.

The comedian revealed he was knocked off his motorcycle on January 17 and that the incident left him with a broken collarbone, two broken ribs and two cracked kneecaps.

“Just last week, I got knocked off my motorcycle. So I’ve got a broken collarbone. I’ve got two broken ribs. I’ve got two cracked kneecaps,” Leno told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

“But I’m okay! I’m okay, I’m working. I’m working this weekend.”

How did Leno’s accident happen

The former ‘Tonight Show’ host explained that he was testing a vintage 1940 Indian Motorcycle when he noticed the smell of leaking gas.

“So I turned down a side street and cut through a parking lot, and unbeknownst to me, some guy had a wire strung across the parking lot but with no flag hanging from it,” said Leno.

“So, you know, I didn’t see it until it was too late. It just clothesline me and, boom, knocked me off the bike. The bike kept going, and you know how that works out.”

Leno told the outlet that he didn’t reveal his accident to the public because of how much coverage his recovery from burns sustained in November generated.

“You know, after getting burned up, you get that one for free,” said Leno jokingly. “After that, you’re Harrison Ford, crashing airplanes. You just want to keep your head down.”

Leno suffered burns in November

Leno suffered serious burns to his hands and chest and third-degree burns to his face while working on a clogged fuel line in the undercarriage of a 1907 White Steam Car in his Burbank garage with longtime friend Dave Killackey.

He was checked and treated for burns at The Grossman Center, and later underwent two skin grafting surgeries to help regenerate new skin. He also received hyperbaric treatment, which helps accelerate the healing of the burn according to the facility’s website.

Leno spoke with People a month after the accident and stated he was aware that things could have been much worse.

“It felt exactly like my face was on fire. Maybe like the most intense sunburn you’ve ever had, that’d be fair to say,” he said.

I know how bad it could have been. But I’m okay. And I’m sure I’ll continue to do the same stupid things I’ve always done. Just maybe a little bit more carefully!”