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Actor Robert Carradine, wife injured in crash

‘Revenge of the Nerds’ star ticketed for careless driving

Hollywood actor Robert Carradine was issued a citation last week after a collision with a semi truck on Colorado Highway 145 east of Dolores.

Carradine, 60, of Santa Barbara, California, was issued a careless driving ticket for a lane violation, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

“He was northbound on Highway 145 and drove right into the oncoming lane,” said Sgt. James Saunders. “There were no apparent contributing factors.”

Both lanes of traffic near mile marker 14 were closed for more than two hours after Carradine’s 2003 Mercury Marauder collided with a southbound 2014 semi at 2:17 p.m. Thursday, March 5.

Carradine and his wife, Edith Carradine, were both wearing seat belts; neither speed nor alcohol was a factor in the crash, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

According to Saunders, both Robert and Edith Carradine were initially taken to Southwest Memorial Hospital in Cortez with nonlife-threatening injuries before being transferred to Durango. A spokesperson at Mercy Regional Medical Center said Thursday that neither of them were current patients.

“The fact that they were wearing seat belts is why they are with us today,” Saunders said.

The section of the highway where the crash occurred is a straightaway, and was dry at the time. The driver of the semi truck was Richard Clayton of Wisconsin, according to the State Patrol.

Born in 1954 in Hollywood, Calif., Robert Carradine is the son of actress and artist Sonia Sorel and actor John Carradine. He is the younger brother of the late David Carradine, known for his role as the warrior monk Kwai Chang Caine, in the 1970s TV series “Kung Fu.”

Carradine, an actor himself, made his film debut in the 1972 John Wayne film, “Cowboys.” Acting steadily since then, Carradine’s most recognizable role was as the fraternity president Lewis Slonick in the 1984 film “Revenge of the Nerds.”

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