Street Outlaws stars Justin “Big Chief” Shearer and Brian “Chucky” Davis got into a frightening accident this weekend while filming, and from the look of the crash pictures it seems they were lucky to escape with their lives.
News of the crash hit social media on Saturday night, not long after the crash took place. A report from Hot Rod indicated that the Discovery Channel was filming an episode that included a run between Big Chief and Chucky. At some point during the race the two bumped into each other, sending the cars careening out of control.
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TMZ noted that Big Chief was racing in his 1972 LeMans, and ended up flipping over into a ditch after Chucky’s Fox-Body Mustang crossed over the center line and bumped into him.
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Big Chief was taken to the hospital, but it doesn’t appear the injuries are serious. Later, Big Chief wrote an update to fans listing all the ways he was hurt in the crash.
“THANK YOU EVERYONE…. I’m pretty beat up right now. Just woke me up for some breathing treatments. Pulmonary contusions (bruised lungs). Crushed my L2 and L3 in my back, broken collarbone, and pretty beat up, but so thankful to be alive right now. They got me on non stop oxygen and another round of cat scans, and X-rays coming up. The surgeon doesn’t believe i will need back operation anymore, but they are going to keep me in the hospital again tonight to keep an eye on the lungs, YES I WILL BE BACK!”
Hot Rod included a series of pictures from the accident, showing both cars totaled.
Many fans took to social media to share best wishes for the Street Outlaws stars in their recovery.
“Who doesn’t love the Chief! Get well soon bud, our hearts are with you and we are all thankful you are alive to be with your family and friends and fight another day!,” wrote Scott Poulton. “Looking forward to hearing about your speedy recovery, and of course your next build…”
The crash came just a few weeks after a gunman opened fire on the storefront of the Midwest Street Cars show in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The shooting from the .40 caliber gun left 11 bullet holes in the front of the building. Not long after that, a suspect reportedly appeared at the home of Shawn Ellington, known to Street Outlaws fans as Murder Nova.
A police report from the Oklahoma City Police Department showed that the shooting could have been the result of a previous altercation between one of the shop’s employees and a man riding what was described as a “red crotch rocket motorcycle.”
The motorcycle rider shared some words with the employee, then told him,”I know who you are,” before driving off.
Street Outlaws has gotten into trouble in the past. Earlier this year one of the drivers who appeared on the show was arrested and charged with murder for taking part in a street racing crash in Los Angeles that left two people dead.
TMZ reported that Izzy Valenzuela was racing against Michael Gevorgyan on February 25 when the drivers lost control and a car was sent into the crowd, killing two people. The crash happened shortly after the NHRA took strong action against the show, threatening to suspend any drivers who appeared on it.
It is not yet clear how the crash between Big Chief and Chucky could affect Street Outlaws filming going forward.
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