The overturned SUV
The overturned Lincoln SUV in which Will Ferrell was riding. Courtesy OnScene.TV

Actor Will Ferrell sustained minor injuries in a two- vehicle crash in Orange County following a voter participation drive in Oceanside, authorities said Friday.

The crash occurred about 10:55 p.m. Thursday on northbound Interstate 5, north of La Paz Road in Mission Viejo, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The celebrity news website reported that Ferrell, 50, was riding in an SUV that “got flipped over” in the two-vehicle crash, and Ferrell, along with two other people, were taken to a hospital for treatment.

Will Ferrell
Will Ferrell, Photo via Wikimedia Commons

The comedian and actor was one of three passengers in the chauffeur- driven SUV, which, according to witnesses, was sideswiped by the other vehicle, TMZ reported.

Ferrell, the driver and another man riding in the 2017 Lincoln suffered minor injuries, and a woman riding in the Lincoln suffered “major” injuries, according to the CHP. The driver of the other vehicle, a 2007 Toyota, apparently was not hurt. No arrests were reported.

Ferrell, a former Saturday Night Live cast member, was headed north following a “Glam Up The Midterms” event in Oceanside that was billed as a voter participation drive from Funny or Die, the website and production company that Ferrell co-created. Alongside fellow Funny or Die co-creator Billy Eichner, Ferrell appeared at the Oceanside event as Ron Burgundy, the fictional 1970s newsman from his 2004 San Diego-based comedy “Anchorman.”

An advertisement for the event featured Farrell in character as Burgundy with the words “Vote Classy, San Diego,” a play on Burgundy’s signature “Stay Classy, San Diego,” sign-off. The time and location of the event wasn’t revealed until 4 p.m. Thursday — it ended up being held at Oceanside High School — but it was billed as a “conversation about the primary and midterm elections in CA-49.”

California’s 49th congressional district is up for grabs with longtime Rep. Darrell Issa set to retire at the end of his current term.

The actor was apparently on his way back from a “Funny or Die” event in Oceanside in which he appeared as Ron Burgundy.

— From Staff and Wire Reports

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.