'Revenge of the Nerds' actor Robert Carradine cited in crash

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Posted: Mar 12, 2015 5:02 PM
'Revenge of the Nerds' actor Robert Carradine cited in crash

DENVER (AP) — Robert Carradine was cited with careless driving in a crash that injured the "Revenge of the Nerds" star and his wife in Colorado, authorities said Thursday.

The wreck happened March 5 near Dolores, about 380 miles from Denver in the state's southwestern corner, in the afternoon during fair weather.

According to the Colorado State Patrol, the 60-year-old actor drifted into the oncoming lane while heading north on Colorado Highway 145, crashing into a tractor-trailer.

The hood was ripped from Carradine's 2003 Mercury Marauder, exposing the mangled remains of its engine compartment, and its windshield was smashed in, according to photos taken by the Cortez Journal.

Carradine and his wife, Edith, were both hurt, but their injuries were not life-threatening, Trooper Josh Lewis told The Associated Press. The truck driver, 59-year-old Richard Clayton of Bonduel, Wisconsin, wasn't injured, Lewis said.

The Carradines, who live in Santa Barbara, California, were both wearing seat belts. They were taken to Southwest Memorial Hospital and then transferred to Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango.

It's unclear how long they were there. But neither was listed as being at the hospital Thursday, Mercy Regional spokesman David Bruzzese said.

Sgt. James Saunders of the state patrol told The Durango Herald that neither alcohol nor speeding was a factor in the crash.

"The fact that they were wearing seat belts is why they are with us today," he said.

The youngest of a prolific acting family, Robert Carradine worked steadily in film and television for more than 40 years.

He and half-brother David Carradine often could be seen in the same projects, including the TV series "Kung Fu," Walter Hill's "The Long Riders," and Paul Bartel's "Cannonball."

Robert Carradine's biggest hit came in 1984 with the off-color comedy "Revenge of the Nerds," in which he played head nerd Lewis Skolnick. He reprised the role in the big screen sequel and two small-screen follow-ups.

More recently, Quentin Tarantino cast Robert Carradine as a tracker in the 2012 film "Django Unchained."

Tarantino is filming his latest movie, "The Hateful Eight," in nearby Telluride, Colorado, but the Weinstein Co. said Carradine is not involved with that project.

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Associated Press film writer Lindsey D. Bahr in Los Angeles contributed to this report.