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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Stephen King Recovers From Road Accident

LEWISTON, Maine -- His body is broken after being struck by a van. But the mind that created best sellers like "Carrie,'' "The Shining,'' and "Pet Sematary'' is intact.

Stephen King emerged from his third and most extensive surgery on Wednesday night feeling "a little wiped out," doctors told reporters.

King's orthopedic surgeon, Dr. David Brown, said his famous patient's spirits were pretty good under the circumstances. "He's a pretty resilient guy and has a lot of support from his family, who are all with him," Brown said.

The operation to repair King's right hip joint lasted more than eight hours. King sustained numerous fractures to his hip, pelvis and right leg when he was hit from behind Saturday afternoon by a minivan as he walked along the shoulder of a road in rural Lovell, Maine, where he owns a summer home.

The driver who hit King, Bryan Smith, 41, lost control after being distracted by his dog, which was loose inside the minivan. Smith was not speeding, police said.

After Wednesday's operation, Brown said it was King's two fractured ribs that were causing the most pain for his patient.

Another operation is set for Friday and Brown said that if all went well, King could be walking with crutches by the end of next week.