Natasha Richardson (left) and Vanessa Redgrave
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03/17/2009 AT 07:30 PM EDT
She was seen wrapped in blankets, lying on a stretcher, with worried-looking husband Liam Neeson at her side. On Tuesday, Natasha Richardson began the journey from a Canadian hospital to New York, where friends and family were waiting.
The actress, 45, suffered a devastating head injury
Monday in a freak skiing accident outside of Montreal. Neeson immediately left the Toronto set of his latest film, Chloe
, to be with his wife.
According to representatives of Sacre-Coeur Hospital in Montreal, the couple of 15 years departed together by ambulance at 12:30 Tuesday. Richardson was spotted on the yellow stretcher by a reporter from the Toronto Star
, which published the account. The couple were then taken to Elliott Trudeau Airport for a private jet flight to New York, arriving Tuesday evening. They have a home in Manhattan and another outside the city.
According to sources, friends and family members gathered for a vigil in New York to be with Richardson. It was not immediately known whether she was being taken to a hospital or to her home.
Sources tell PEOPLE that Richardson was vacationing with at least one of her two sons when she took a tumble at the Mont Tremblant ski resort. While initially the actress appeared unharmed
, an hour later she began complaining of headaches and was rushed into intensive care.
Reporting by KATHY EHRICH DOWD, MARY GREEN, and ELIZABETH LEONARD