UPDATED 4:30 p.m. ET: A few new updates in the motorcycle accident involving Bobby Petrino:
Local news outlets report that Petrino is expected to make a full recovery and should be out of the hospital some time today. However, sources told ArkansasSports360 that the coach was not wearing a helmet when the accident occurred. It’s still not entirely clear how the accident occurred, but Petrino’s motorcycle was found about 20 yards from the road.
An official police report hasn’t been immediately available, but could be ready later this week.
Unfortunately, there’s some scary news coming out of Arkansas this morning as coach Bobby Petrino was involved in a motorcycle accident on Sunday evening.
Reported by multiple Arkansas media outlets and confirmed by police this morning, it appears the accident took place at approximately 6:45 yesterday evening in Madison County. Petrino was transported to a local hospital and remained hospitalized overnight.
“Arkansas State Police was notified of a single vehicle motor vehicle crash along Highway 16 in Madison County near the Crosses community about 6:45 last night (Sunday),” read a police statement. “The crash involved a motorcycle that had left the roadway. Coach Petrino was the operator of the motorcycle. He was transported to a Washington County medical facility.”
All other details at this moment are scarce, although Petrino is said to be the only one involved in the accident. ESPN’s Joe Schad tweeted later this morning that Petrino’s injuries are “not life threatening.” The coach is “pretty banged up” a source told Schad, but added that Petrino “will recover.”
Another source told Thomas Murphy of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that Petrino has multiple broken ribs, “all kind of cuts and bruises” and a neck sprain, but that the coach was going to be okay.
Arkansas is expected to release a statement shortly.
(Hat tip: Robbie Neiswanger of Arkansas News Bureau)