‘Revenge of the Nerds’ star survives nasty head-on collision near Dolores

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DOLORES, Colo. — Highway 145, a windy, often treacherous patch of road that traverses through the San Juan National Forest in southwest Colorado, was closed two miles east of the small town of Dolores for two hours on March 5 because of a nasty head-on collision.

Though two were seriously injured in the wreck, no one was killed. And according to a TMZ report Thursday morning, the accident was caused by actor Robert Carradine, the star from the cult classic film “Revenge of the Nerds.”

According to the Cortez Journal, the 60-year-old actor had to be extricated from his mangled 2003 Mercury Marauder after he crossed the highway’s dividing line and struck an oncoming semi truck head-on. Carradine was issued citations for careless driving and a lane violation, Colorado State Patrol Sgt. James Saunders told the newspaper.

“He drove right into the oncoming lane,” Saunders said. “There were no apparent contributing factors.”

Carradine was then taken to Southwest Memorial Hospital along with a passenger in his vehicle, according to the reports. That passenger was identified by TMZ as Carradine’s wife, Edith Carradine. The driver of the truck was not injured, according to the Journal report.

Carradine and his wife were wearing seat belts, and alcohol and drugs were not considered contributing factors to the wreck, according to both reports.

The condition of Carradine and his wife were not known as of Thursday afternoon.

Carradine rose to Hollywood prominence after playing the role of fraternity president Lewis Skolnick in “Revenge of the Nerds,” a 1984 film. Younger audiences might recognize Carradine as the father of the fictional Lizzie McGuire in the hit TV series of the same name, which launched the career of actress Hillary Duff.

Carradine is also currently serving as the executive producer and host of “King of the Nerds,” a reality TV competition on TBS,  which is in its third season and airing its finale on Friday.

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