Hugh Jackman -- Car Crash Distraction?

10/18/2010 6:07 PM PDT

Hugh Jackman -- Car Accident Distraction?

Hugh Jackman's celebrity may be partly to blame for a nasty two-car accident in NYC ... this according to one of the drivers involved in the crash.

It all went down this afternoon ... a TMZ photographer was shooting Hugh when a van and a Jetta collided across the street.

Our guy ended up interviewing one of the drivers involved in the accident -- who explained that he was looking for his next turn when, "I see all these cameras and I see Hugh Jackman. Next thing I know, I went to take the turn ... BAM."

Kinda like insurance rates ... BAM!