Food Network's Ree Drummond reveals crash that injured nephew also broke husband's neck

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Food Network star Ree Drummond is providing more details about the fire truck crash last week that sent her 21-year-old nephew to the hospital in critical condition, revealing that the collision also broke her husband's neck.

According to a report provided by the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety, the crash occurred between two fire trucks, driven by Drummond's husband, Ladd Drummond, 52, and her nephew, Caleb Drummond. The report said Caleb was in "critical condition" with head, arm, leg and other injuries, and he was transported to St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Ladd refused treatment at the scene.

In a post on her popular food blog "The Pioneer Woman" on Monday, Drummond confirmed that the two men crashed last Wednesday while putting out a wildfire at their ranch and that both of them "are going to be okay."

"Caleb broke some ribs, had a pretty bad concussion, and a few other injuries that will heal," she wrote. Though Ladd initially refused medical attention, Drummond wrote he later checked into a hospital, where he learned he did suffer serious injuries.

Ree Drummond, known for her blog "The Pioneer Woman" and Food Network show of the same name, described watching her nephew Caleb graduate from high school in a 2018 blog post.
Ree Drummond, known for her blog "The Pioneer Woman" and Food Network show of the same name, described watching her nephew Caleb graduate from high school in a 2018 blog post.

"Ladd (the guy I told you about who drove himself to the hospital?) broke his neck in two places," she wrote, "and evidently one of the two fractures was very close to being catastrophic. Have I mentioned cowboys don’t like to admit when they’re hurt?"

She added that Ladd underwent surgery to stabilize one of the fractures and that he will have to wear a neck brace for several weeks as the other fracture heals.

Drummond also shared pictures of the damaged vehicles after the crash and gave an update on how she's handling life since the incident.

"Dealing with unexpected family happenings like this simply comes with the territory," she wrote. "I guess if you’ve lived enough years as a wife, mother, sister, daughter, you’re going to develop the ability to power through crises without crumbling. I may still have a crumble ahead, don’t get me wrong…but right now I’m firmly in Steel Magnolia mode."

In a Facebook post the day after the accident, Drummond thanked her fans for praying for her family.

"Caleb and Ladd are in the hospital, but we think they will both be okay," she continued. "As a family we are giving thanks today, knowing things could have been much worse. Thank you all for your love and kindness. It means a lot."

The report cited "speed due to traffic conditions" as the cause of the collision. According to the document, the drivers' visibility was reduced as a result of high winds on the gravel road.

The vehicles hit head on, with Caleb being ejected about 70 feet from point of rest.

The USA TODAY Network has reached out to representatives of Drummond for comment.

Drummond, known for her blog "The Pioneer Woman" and Food Network show of the same name, described watching Caleb graduate from high school in a 2018 blog post.

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"Caleb, my nephew, graduated Friday night!" she wrote. "It was surreal; there’s no way he’s old enough to graduate from high school. As in No. Possible. Way."

In another page on her blog from 2014, Drummond described her fondness for Caleb, calling him "his father’s clone in every way."

"Used to take my keys off the pew in church and snicker as I looked under the cushion, on the floor, and inside the hymnal for them," she wrote. "And actually, he still does this. Calls me 'ma’am.' He’s a good kid."

The success of her blog led to the first of multiple cookbooks, "The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl," and a TV show that catapulted her to fame. She's also authored several children's books.

Drummond has filmed her Food Network show in "The Lodge," a guest house on the family's ranch, since 2011.

"On behalf of Oklahoma's film and television community, our hearts go out to the Drummond family this evening. We send our support and best wishes during this time," said Oklahoma Film + Music Office Director Tava Maloy Sofsky in a statement.

Drummond and her husband Ladd share four children.

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Contributing: Anika Reed, Cydney Henderson

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Ree Drummond: Pioneer Woman reveals husband's neck broke in crash