We will all want to be careful about what we say at the moment, since very little is known for certain, but US Men's Soccer forward Charlie Davies was in an automobile that was sheared in half during an accident early Tuesday morning on the southbound lanes of the George Washington freeway in Virginia.
A woman in the car was declared dead at the scene. The U.S. Park Police identified the fatality as Ashley J. Roberta, 22, of Phoenix, Md.
The accident occurred at around 3:15 AM today, and Davies was taken by helicopter to Washington Hospital Center where he is reported in surgery at this hour. According to the AP, surgery is expected to take at least five hours.
U.S. Soccer Federation spokesman Neil Buethe says Davies was in stable condition, and his injuries were described as "non life-threatening".
One of the other occupants was also taken to the hospital. His condition is unknown, as is the identity of the driver.
The only team activity this morning was a non-mandatory team breakfast, so his absence did not immediately raise any alarms.
In a statement just released by US Soccer, Head Coach Bob Bradley said:
"Obviously, as a team we were saddened to learn this news. Our thoughts and prayers are with Charlie and his family, as well as the people in the car and the families of the others involved. As a team, we are relying on each other in a moment that has for sure hit us all hard."
UPDATED: Some details FROM STEVEN GOFF (natch)