Actor Will Ferrell injured in crash after leaving San Diego event

SAN DIEGO – Comedian Will Ferrell was involved in a rollover crash after leaving an event in San Diego Thursday night, according to TMZ.

The two-vehicle crash occurred just south of Alicia Parkway in Mission Viejo about 10:55 p.m., Orange County Fire Authority Larry Kurtz said. The SUV overturned and came to a rest on its side in the middle of the northbound I-5, which had to be temporarily shut down, KTLA reported.

Ferrell was in the SUV when it flipped over after another car sideswiped it, according to TMZ.  The SUV was driven by a chauffeur.

Video shown by TMZ showed Ferrell talking on a phone while on a stretcher. He was taken to a hospital with unknown injuries.

A total of four people, including three men and one woman, who were riding in the SUV were transported, Kurtz said.

Three of the patients had suffered minor injuries, but there was one unidentified trauma patient, Kurtz said.

No injuries were reported in the second vehicle, Kurtz said. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Ferrell, a former Saturday Night Live cast member, was headed north following a "Glam Up The Midterms" event in Oceanside that was billed as a voter participation drive from Funny or Die, the website and production company that Ferrell co-created. Alongside fellow Funny or Die co-creator Billy Eichner, Ferrell appeared at the Oceanside event as Ron Burgundy, the fictional 1970s newsman from his 2004 San Diego-based comedy "Anchorman."

 

An advertisement for the event featured Farrell in character as Burgundy with the words "Vote Classy, San Diego," a play on Burgundy's signature "Stay Classy, San Diego," sign-off. The time and location of the event wasn't revealed until 4 p.m. Thursday -- it ended up being held at Oceanside High School -- but it was billed as a "conversation about the primary and midterm elections in CA-49."

California's 49th congressional district is up for grabs with longtime Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, set to retire at the end of his current term.