New details are trickling in about the motor scooter accident that American actor George Clooney had while riding on the Italian island of Sardinia. After seeing the shocking video, (below) you’ll likely agree that he’s lucky to be alive.
Now, we have security cam footage from the moment of impact, and fans are recoiling in horror at the sight of the Hollywood heartthrob being tossed around like a rag doll.
The video, obtained by Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera, “shows Clooney colliding head-on with a driver at a fairly high speed. And after the impact, the actor went high up in the air — landing face-first (with his right knee seeming to get the worst of the impact) before rolling over on his back.”
The crash occurred Tuesday as Clooney was on his way to work. ABC News confirmed that “Clooney, 57, was leaving his hotel in Costa Corallina and headed to the set of ‘Catch-22,’ a television adaptation of the Joseph Heller novel, on Tuesday when his moped crashed into a station wagon.”
Clooney was riding his motor scooter at an estimated 60 miles per hour when a station wagon and he crossed paths. The BBC gives further details. “At 8.15am George Clooney was riding his scooter on the State Road 125 towards Olbia from Puntaldia," according to a spokesman for the Italian Carabinieri.
"A car (a Mercedes E SW) did not respect the right of way and hit him. George Clooney fell and slammed the windshield of the Mercedes.”
TMZ reports that Clooney was traveling at an estimated 60 miles per hour when he collided with the vehicle and was thrown 20 feet in the air before his head hit the windshield of the station wagon. The impact shattered the windshield and broke the helmet.
Clooney was taken by ambulance to the Hospital where he was treated and released. Doctors are reporting that none of his injuries was life-threatening.
Mr. Clooney’s representative confirmed these details for TMZ. No word as to how long the actor will be away from the set of his new television show.
To see the shocking footage, watch the Instagram video, below.