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Will Ferrell Out Of Hospital After SUV Flips Over In 2-Car Crash; 2 Others In Good, Fair Condition

MISSION VIEJO (CBSLA) — Actor Will Ferrell escaped serious injury after he was involved in a two-car crash on the northbound Santa Ana (5) Freeway in the Mission Viejo area of Orange County.

The crash between occurred just before 11 p.m. Thursday south of Alicia Parkway, a California Highway Patrol spokesperson said.

Ferrell, 50, was one of three passengers in the chauffeur-driven Lincoln Navigator when it was side-swiped on the freeway by another car.

The driver in the other vehicle was a 20-year-old man from Fallbrook, who might have fallen asleep at the wheel, police said.

No arrests were reported.

While Ferrell and another colleague were uninjured and released after being treated, his longtime driver Mark Thompson and colleague Carolina Barlow remained hospitalized in stable condition.

Police said Ferrell was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, resulting in minor injuries.

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Authorities say Ferrell, seen here being loaded onto an ambulance, suffered minor injuries. (Image credit:

"[Ferrell] was more concerned about the female passenger and the other occupants in the vehicle, so he had genuine concern for all these people," Capt. Steve Concialdi of the Orange County Fire Authority told CBS2 News.

The "Anchorman" star was returning home to L.A. from a voter registration event in northern San Diego County called "Glam Up The Midterms" Thursday night.

A statement from United Talent Agency, which represents Ferrell, read in part: "Will is staying close by as his friends are being treated, and has expressed his deep gratitude to the first responders who were immediately at the scene and to the hospital team that took such great care of them. He's also grateful for all the well wishes he and his friends are receiving."

The California Highway Patrol was investigating the crash.

(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)

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