Gene Hackman Airlifted to Hospital -- Hit By a Car in Florida

1/13/2012 2:20 PM PST

Gene Hackman was airlifted to a trauma hospital in Florida today .. after the actor was hit by a car while riding his bike in the Florida Keys ... TMZ has learned.

The Florida Highway Patrol tells TMZ ... the 81-year-old Academy Award winner suffered injuries to his head and body.

We're told the accident took place around 3:00 PM local time.

The Florida Highway Patrol is conducting an investigation into the cause of the crash.

We're told Hackman is currently in stable condition.

2:40 PM PST -- Hackman's rep tells TMZ the actor has been released from the hospital and insists he is "fine."

The rep says Gene "suffered bumps and bruises after a woman bumped him from behind in her vehicle."