Natasha Richardson's Family Gathers for Vigil

03/17/2009 at 07:30 PM EDT

Natasha Richardson's Family Gathers for Vigil
Natasha Richardson (left) and Vanessa Redgrave
Peter Kramer/AP; Turgeon-Rocke-Ertischek/Splash News Online
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

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