Kevin Hart hospitalized with 'major back injuries' following car wreck
Comedian and actor Kevin Hart has been hospitalized with "major back injuries" following a car crash in California, TMZ has reported.
The incident occurred just before 1:00 am on Sunday morning on the Mulholland Highway - a road described as "winding and treacherous" by the entertainment news site.
A crash scene video obtained by TMZ shows Hart's Plymouth Barracuda - a classic car he bought for himself back in July as a 40th birthday gift to himself - in a gully roughly 10-foot off the main road.
You can see the extent of the crash in the CBS report below:
Hart and the two other passengers survived the crash, something which is being described as a "miracle" considering the condition of the car following the incident.
Authorities have confirmed that the car does belong to Hart, although he was not driving at the time of the crash. Hart's male friend Jared Black was driving the car, and female friend Rebecca Broxterman (pictured below) was also in the vehicle along with Hart.
The car had smashed through wooden fencing along the side of the road, and the roof was totally crushed following the impact, leading to the fire department having to saw off the roof in order to free the three individuals.
Police told TMZ that the driver of the car was found pinned to his seat beneath the crushed roof, as was a female passenger. The river was airlifted across town to UCLA Medical Center. Police have confirmed that both Kevin and the driver both suffered "major back injuries". They also confirmed that the driver had not been drinking.
The female passenger did not require hospital treatment.
In an emotion Instagram post, Kevin Hart's good friend and co-star Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has also responded to Hart's crash.
Sharing a photo of the two on Instagram, the former WWE Champion wrote: "Stop messing with my emotions brother @kevinhart4real. We have a lot more laughing to do together. Love you man. Stay strong."
Kevin Hart Facetime's The Rock during his appearance on Jimmy Fallon:
According to witness reports, Hart was the first person to exit the decimated vehicle, and he was later collected by a member of his security team, who showed up to the scene in an SUV. Hart lives roughly half a mile away and police state that he went home "to get medical attention". He was eventually treated at a hospital.
On Saturday, Hart posted a video of himself in his vintage car after someone shouted at him for laying down too much rubber on the street as he spun out his tires.