UPDATE: Will Ferrell OK following highway vehicular accident

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(LOS ANGELES) — Will Ferrell was injured Thursday night when the SUV limousine in which he and others were riding was involved in an accident on a Los Angeles-area freeway.

The accident happened just before 11:00 p.m. local time on Interstate 5 in Orange County, CA, known locally as the I-5 freeway, according to the California Highway Patrol.  Ferrell was one of three passengers in the chauffeur-driven 2017 Lincoln SUV when the accident occurred.  The SUV was traveling in the HOV lane when it was sideswiped by a 2007 Toyota traveling the lane to the right of it, causing it to strike the center median and flip.

A total of five people were involved: three men and a woman in her 20s in the SUV, and the 22-year-old male driver of the Toyota.  All four people in the SUV were taken to local hospitals, three with minor injuries, including the driver, and one woman passenger with “major injuries.”  The CHP accident report says she “was not wearing any safety equipment,” while the other occupants were.

We do know Ferrell wasn’t seriously injured in the accident.  TMZ has a photo of the comic actor sitting up on a stretcher and talking on a smartphone while being loaded into an ambulance.  Deadline reports he’s already been released from the hospital, and adds the accident was caused when the driver of the vehicle that struck the SUV fell asleep behind the wheel.

At the time of the accident, Ferrell was returning from a Funny or Die event in the San Diego area called Glam Up the Midterms, at which he appeared as his Anchorman character Ron Burgundy.

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