Jay Leno Reveals He Broke Several Bones in Motorcycle Crash

  • Jay Leno broke several bones in a motorcycle accident earlier this month, as revealed in an interview with the comedian yesterday by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
  • Leno said he was riding a vintage 1940s Indian motorcycle when he unexpectedly hit a clothesline in a parking lot and was knocked off the bike.
  • The accident happened not long after Leno was severely burned in a car fire in November.

Jay Leno was a lucky man, spending years as a successful late-night talk show host and stand-up comedian, as well as focusing on his passion as a car enthusiast and hosting his own related TV show. Unfortunately, Leno has had a string of bad luck lately, including two bad accidents that sent him to the hospital. The most recent incident, he revealed in an interview, happened on January 17 when he crashed a vintage motorcycle and broke several legs.

Leno yesterday with the Las Vegas Review-Journal and confirm that he is okay. The 72-year-old also shared the story of the accident, which he said happened while he was riding a 1940 Indian motorcycle.

“Then 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 no flag hanging from it,” Leno told the Review Journal. “So, you know, I didn’t see it until it was too late. It just clotheslined me and, boom, knocked me off the bike.”

This video of the popular Jay Leno’s Garage series features Leno showing off his 1940 Indian Four with a sidecar—”a good old girl,” as Leno called it—which may or may not be the bike he had the accident on, but is part of his extensive vehicle collection .

The motorcycle accident comes only a few months after Leno was severely burned by a car. That incident also involved an old vehicle—a 1907 White Model G steam engine. Leno was released from the hospital in late November after a 10-day stay and said at the time that he would continue outpatient treatment to recover from burns.