AFL great James Hird hit by a car in Melbourne

AFL great James Hird has been taken to hospital after being hit by a car in Melbourne on Wednesday afternoon.

The former Essendon coach was riding a bike in Richmond when the collision occurred just before 3pm.

Hird was taken to Epworth Hospital with wrist and knee injuries that weren’t thought to be too serious.

A Victoria Police spokesperson confirmed the accident occurred when a vehicle collided with Hird’s bike.

Hird was taken to hospital after being hit by a car in Melbourne. Pic: Getty

“Police were called to a collision between a car and a cyclist,” the spokesperson said.

“The car was turning left onto Palmer Street when it struck the cyclist.

“The cyclist has been taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.”

Hird – who played more than 250 games for Essendon as well as coaching the Bombers – was also involved in a bike accident three years ago.

The 45-year-old also had to spend a night in hospital in 2015 after being knocked unconscious from a crash near his Toorak home.