Last week, actor Robert Carradine and his wife Edith were injured when they smashed head-on with a semi-truck. And it has been revealed that Carradine was driving off the lane at a high speed, thus contributing in the said collision.
TMZ reports that on Thursday, March 5, Robert Carradine and his wife Edith ‘Edie’ Mani were driving northbound on Colorado’s Highway 145 near Dolores. According to the police report, the accident occurred around 3:00pm, when Carradine ended up crossing the road’s dividing line and smashed head-on with a passing semi-truck driving southbound.
Based on photos The Cortez Journal obtained, Carradine’s 2003 Mercury Marauder was practically destroyed because of the hit. Though husband and wife were badly injured and quickly sent to the hospital, their injuries were not considered life-threatening. According to Colorado State Patrol Sgt. James Saunders, it was fortunate that they were both wearing their seatbelts when the collision happened or they would have suffered major injuries.
On the other hand, the driver of the semi-truck was identified as 59-year old Richard Clayton from Wisconsin. After Clayton’s semi-truck hit Carradine’s car, it veered off the road and even hit a highway sign before it finally stopped just by the southbound shoulder. Clayton was reportedly not injured in the collision.
Investigations of the incident revealed that Carradine was driving off the road lane at 60mph. However, the reason why he was driving off the lane is still not known. This then prompted CSP to issue him a careless driving ticket. In any case, Carradine was not under the influence of drugs and alcohol during the collision.
Representatives of Carradine were asked about the condition of the actor and that of his wife, but they have not made any comments as yet. Sanders said that they were initially brought to the Southwest Memorial Hospital in Cortez before being transferred to the Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango. However, a spokesperson of the center said that the couple are no longer in their facility.
“In crashes with this magnitude of damage, seatbelts save lives. It takes two seconds to put your seatbelt on. It’s always worth it,” said Sanders in light of this incident.
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