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Mel Gibson in

Car Crash

8/16/2010 2:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Mel Gibson acclimated back into L.A. life by getting into a car accident yesterday ... this according to law enforcement sources.

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Sources tell TMZ it happened at 8:35 PM in Malibu.  Gibson, we're told, lost control of his car and ended up striking the rocky hillside on Malibu Canyon Road.

Gibson was driving a 2008 Maserati, which had to be towed from the scene.

Hours before the crash -- photogs shot footage of Gibson driving the Maserati around Malibu (see video above). 

According to the CHP report, obtained by TMZ, "For unknown reasons, Mr. Gibson steered his car to the right and struck the rock hillside.  He stopped his car at the scene and was contacted by officers from the West Valley CHP Area."

CHP Public Information Officer Leland Tang tells TMZ ... "Gibson told officers in the field he did not know how the car drifted out of the lane and into the hillside."  Tang said his officers followed up by asking Gibson if he was on a cell phone and he said no.  Tang adds officers also asked Gibson if he had dozed off "but he did not give a firm 'yes' or 'no'."  Gibson just repeated several times, "I don't know how the car left the roadway."

The report goes on, "Mr. Gibson supplied all the pertinent information to the officers at the scene, gave a statement, and received a ride home from a friend."

Gibson was not hurt.

According to the report, "DUI is not suspected in the accident."

UPDATE:  As for the curious statement in the report ... "For unknown reasons, Mr. Gibson steered his car to the right and struck the rock hillside." Tang tells TMZ his department was in no way trying to insinuate Gibson did it intentionally. Tang says, "It was totally an unintentional act."  And Tang says no citation was issued and no charges will be filed.


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Jacqueline13    

and...sometimes there just aren't enough rocks.

1475 days ago
872.

fuddyduddy    

J13, Stacy, Sam, Shell, fuddyduddy, yankeegirl (I hope I didn't miss anyone)

Thanks for your response and ideas.

Keep up the good posts!

Posted at 11:12 PM on Aug 16, 2010 by neil
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It's a pleasure to visit with you, Neil. You keep up the good posts, too!

1475 days ago
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wondering    

part of the problem with media outlets like e.t, extra, etc.. is that they are not strict when it comes to absolute facts and have to bend, twist, and form ways to say it to make it not just exciting but wild enough to keep you watching the show...thats why most of them have adopted a tease, commercial, tease a bit more. comercial, coming right up next tease tease, commercial till you get to the end of the show and all they actually have to tell you is nothing hahahha and then the cut to the cliff hanger promo for tomorrow nights teases ....

1475 days ago
874.

fuddyduddy    

rol is down

Posted at 11:17 PM on Aug 16, 2010 by wondering
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Permanently, I hope!

1475 days ago
875.

Jacqueline13    

I have never looked on ROL...

1475 days ago
876.

wondering    

the more the prime time broadcasts fill up with shows like that the more they have to compete for the viewers and the harder they push to stretch the basic facts.

i remember when cnn first had showbiz tonight on there it was well done well produced for the budget they were given and with the limited control they were allowed, but now its gotten so bad its just gotcha formulaic drivel over and over

1475 days ago
877.

Jacqueline13    

Seems like Team Mel is aquiring several new fans.

1475 days ago
878.

Jacqueline13    

909 "acquiring"

1475 days ago
879.

wondering    

i also understand why harvey does not answer much of our questions as not only the legal troubles it could bring but since their main show and site is based on new story posts each day and if they were to answer out questions they would run out of stories to post hahah

1475 days ago
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fuddyduddy    

Seems like Team Mel is aquiring several new fans.

Posted at 11:55 PM on Aug 16, 2010 by Jacqueline13
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I've noticed that, too. LOL on the spelling...who cares this late at night? LOL! We don't worry about that too much.

1475 days ago
881.

wondering    

so goes without saying that stories about the same exact basic information between the vast number of "media (cough ..gossip cough) sites the stories tend to get a little sloppy and loose with the facts so i guess if you go to enough of them you can sort of filter it down till it makes the best logical sense and go from there...

1475 days ago
882.

Jacqueline13    

True...it's 3am here!

1475 days ago
883.

fuddyduddy    

2a.m. here...beautiful evening.

1475 days ago
884.

wondering    

seeing batali's face and then moving down to joe jacksons face remind me of the two drama masks one smiling one grimacing or sad hahaha

1475 days ago
885.

Jacqueline13    

Hot here, I'm so tired of it. No real summer to speak of...I can't wait until fall. My favorite season!

1475 days ago
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