Food Network star Ree Drummond’s nephew is in critical condition following a crash involving her husband.
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, 21. Fox 23 and News On 6 report the men were responding to a fire at Drummond’s ranch near Pawhuska, Oklahoma.
The report says Caleb is in “critical condition” with head, arm, leg and other injuries and has been transported to St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Ladd refused treatment at the scene.
The report cites “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.
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. (Photo: Jason DeCrow, AP)
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
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