Little more than a year after Gov. John Baldacci (search) broke a rib when his vehicle skidded on ice, Baldacci broke three ribs early Wednesday when he took a spill right outside his home, a spokesman said.

The latest accident happened at about 5:30 a.m. as Baldacci walked down the steps at the rear entrance of the Blaine House (search) to pick up the morning newspapers, as he customarily does at the start of the day, said spokesman Lynn Kippax.

Baldacci was taken by his state police bodyguard to MaineGeneral Medical Center (search)in Augusta, where X-rays confirmed the broken ribs, Kippax said.

The governor was released and returned to the governor's mansion, where he was resting after canceling all of the day's appointments. He was awake and alert but was uncomfortable with his injury, Kippax said. His staff urged him to take the day off.

On Feb. 4, 2004, Baldacci suffered a concussion, broken rib and bruises in a highway accident in which a sports utility vehicle driven by a state police executive protection officer rolled after hitting an icy patch on Interstate 295 (search) in Bowdoinham.

Both the governor and his driver were taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland. Baldacci left the hospital that same night after convincing doctors that his injuries were not serious enough to keep him hospitalized overnight.

The Democrat returned to work the following morning, holding a budget meeting and using telephone hookup to endorse Sen. John Kerry for his party's presidential nomination.