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Horror master Stephen King seriously injured when struck by van

Stephen King  

June 19, 1999
Web posted at: 11:21 p.m. EDT (0321 GMT)

(CNN) -- Horror author Stephen King was seriously injured when he was struck by a minivan while walking in North Lovell, Maine, Saturday, Maine State Police said.

King, 51, was walking south on the shoulder of a road in North Lovell, where he owns a home, at about 4:30 p.m. when a motorist approaching from behind lost control of his Dodge Caravan, Oxford County Sheriff's deputy Matt Baker said. Baker said a dog in the van distracted the driver.

King was transported to Northern Cumberland Hospital and then flown by helicopter to Central Maine Hospital.

According to Laird Covey, vice president of medical affairs for Central Maine hospital, King was conscious and alert, in serious but stable condition, and was able to communicate with his family. Officials said the injuries were orthopedic in nature but family didn't release the details of them.

Late Saturday night King was being prepared for surgery, and was expected to remain in the hospital for several days.

Police said charges will not be filed against the driver.

An eyewitness at the accident scene said King "was breathing and laying in a heap and he was all tangled and I could tell his leg was broken."

Master of horror fiction

King's prolific work -- horror novels, short stories and novellas -- has earned him the title "Master of Horror." A number of his novels have been turned into major films, including "Carrie", "The Shining", "Firestarter", "Christine", "Pet Semetary", "Misery" and "Dolores Claiborne."

Three novellas from the book "Different Seasons" were also major films -- "Apt Pupil," "The Body," titled "Stand by Me" on the screen, and "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption," which, in the film version was titled "Shawshank Redemption."

King's books have been translated into 33 languages and published in over 35 different countries. There are more than 300 million copies of his novels in publication. King has also written under the pseudonym Richard Bachman.

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