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RENO, Nev. (CBS) — Legendary former Bears quarterback Jim McMahon and two others were injured Monday in a limousine accident near Reno, Nev.
The Nevada Highway Patrol said the accident happened around 4 p.m. Chicago time on U.S. 395.
The limo, owned by Bell Limousine of Reno, was heading north when it left the four-lane highway, crashed through a wire fence, over a culvert and into a pasture, Trooper Mike Edgell said.
“Right now he’s in a lot of pain,” Edgell said later Monday. He described McMahon’s injuries as “non-incapacitating,” and it wasn’t immediately known if he would be admitted to the hospital.
A woman traveling with McMahon also was injured and being treated for non-life threatening injuries. The patrol identified her as Lori Navon, 45, of Scottsdale, Ariz.
The driver, Robert McCoy, 40, of Sparks, also was injured and taken to the Renown Regional Medical Center.
Alcohol was not involved and the cause of the accident was under investigation, Edgell said.
McMahon, 51, was selected by the Bears in the first round of the NFL draft, and grew to iconic status as the Bears advanced toward the Super Bowl during the 1985 season. He became known as “the punky QB” in “The Super Bowl Shuffle,” and scored two rushing touchdowns and completed 12 of 20 passes in the actual Super Bowl XX in January 1986.
McMahon was traded to the San Diego Chargers in 1989, after a falling out with Coach Mike Ditka and Bears President Michael McCaskey. He later played short stints with the Philadelphia Eagles, the Minnesota Vikings and the Cleveland Browns, and won a second Super Bowl ring with the Green Bay Packers in the 1996-1997 season.
This past weekend, McMahon had been in Lake Tahoe over the weekend, where he competed in the American Century Celebrity Golf Tournament at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.
McMahon and Navon were on their way to Reno-Tahoe International Airport when the accident happened, Edgell said.
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