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Guitarist Knopfler hurt in crash

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LONDON, England (Reuters) -- Former Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler was rushed to hospital after a motorbike accident, a hospital spokeswoman said on Monday.

The 53-year-old singer and guitarist was taken by ambulance to St Thomas' Hospital, central London, where he was treated for a broken collar bone and six broken ribs.

The spokeswoman said he was in a stable condition and had been discharged from the hospital.

Knopfler was riding a Honda motorcycle when he was involved in a collision with a Fiat Punto car in London's upscale Belgravia district in mid-morning traffic.

The car's female driver was unhurt, police said.

Knopfler enjoyed a string of hits with 1980s supergroup Dire Straits including "Sultans of Swing" and "Money for Nothing."

He is due to begin a European concert tour in April.

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