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Kevin Hart and one other person are said to have suffered "major back injuries" after a car accident around 1 a.m. this morning (Sunday, September 1) just south of Calabasas, California.
According to TMZ and the local ABC7 news, Kevin Hart was not the one driving the car but he was in his own 1970 Plymouth Barracuda along with two other people when the car veered into a gully about 10 feet off of the road. The car was turning from Cold Canyon Road onto Mulholland around 1 a.m. West Coast time when the driver lost control. The car rolled down an embankment, and California Highway Patrol reported two people were initially trapped in the rollover. The car's roof was completely crushed, as shown in photos from the scene.
A witness told TMZ that Kevin Hart was the first one to get out of the vehicle, and one of his security team members showed up shortly afterward to pick him up. Hart was said to suffer major back injuries and was brought to Northridge Hospital. The driver was also hospitalized. The third passenger reportedly expressed feeling some pain, but did not go to the hospital. The California Highway Patrol said there was no indication that drugs or alcohol were involved. It's not clear exactly what happened, but the cause of the crash is being investigated.
Kevin Hart reportedly bought the vintage car this past summer as a 40th birthday present for himself. It sucks to lose the car, but it sounds like he and his fellow passengers are lucky to be alive.
The actor is currently filming the movie Fatherhood for an April 2020 release. He has the lead role in the film, which is based on the memoir by Matthew Logelin. Kevin Hart replaced Channing Tatum in the role. It's not clear yet if Hart's injuries will delay production.
Since Kevin Hart was able to exit the vehicle, and even leave the scene to go to his nearby home for medical attention before being treated at the hospital -- per TMZ -- it sounds like he'll be OK. But if he did suffer a major back injury, that could certainly affect his film and promotion work.
Here's hoping Kevin Hart and the driver both have speedy recoveries.