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‘His head hit the windscreen and he fell to the ground’: Horror moment George Clooney crashed his motorbike into a Mercedes being driven by a man in his sixties in Sardinia
The Italian grandfather who smashed into George Clooney's scooter in Sardinia on Tuesday has told how he did not see the actor coming because the sun was in his eyes.
Antonelli Viglino, 65, had come to a stop and was about to turn left, crossing Clooney's path, when the actor plowed into him, reportedly at a speed of 60mph.
Terrifying video of the collision shows Clooney being flung from his bike and landing on the ground.
Miraculously, he survived with no head injuries and some damage to his pelvis.
Viglino said he was stunned to learn who Clooney was once his helmet had been removed.
He likened the accident to the famous Nespresso commercial in which the actor appears, saying he introduced himself to the firefighters and others at the scene by saying: 'I'm George'.
George Clooney is pictured with his wife Amal riding his scooter in Sardinia on June 3. He crashed it on Monday
'His head hit the windscreen and he fell to the ground': George Clooney crashed his scooter into a Mercedes being driven by a man in his sixties in Sardinia on Tuesday
'I didn't see anything, I had the sun on my eyes. I was about to turn, I just got over the line,' Mr. Viglino told the Italian newspaper Il Giornale.
Mr. Viglino, who is a plumber, was on his way to work to perform maintenance on a villa on the island.
After the crash, he was so upset that he slumped against a wall on the side of the road and had to be driven home by a friend.
Before he left the scene, one of Clooney's security guards - who had been driving in front of him on his own scooter - told him who had been hit.
'You hit Clooney,' the man said.
When a stunned Mr Viglino asked who, they replied: 'Clooney ... the actor ... the one who shoots the film at the airport'. Clooney is in Sardinia filming the Hulu series Catch 22.
George Clooney's motorbike crashed into a Mercedes car driven by a local man in his sixties on Tuesday morning, causing the actor to be hospitalised.
A source told MailOnline the US star, 57, was riding his scooter from his house in Puntaldia, Sardinia, to the set of his new Hulu TV series, Catch 22, which is in Capo Ceraso, in Olbia, when the accident occured.
George was at the intersection of Costa Corallina, a tourist village with a private harbour, when he got hit by the car as it turned left to enter the village.
‘His head hit the windscreen and he fell to the ground’: Horror moment George Clooney crashed his scooter into a Mercedes being driven by a man in his sixties in Sardinia on Tuesday
Riders: Amal rushed to George's side after hearing the news and left the hospital with him when he was discharged two hours later - (pictured on his bike in March while away in Sardinia)
The source added that George hit the windshield with his head and fell to the ground at around 7am, where he was quickly treated on the road.
Fortunately the star had a helmet and was not driving very fast, but the windscreen was badly smashed.
A spokesperson for the star said: 'George was treated and released from an Olbia hospital. He is recovering at home and will be fine.'
George was then taken to nearby John Paul II hospital, where the doctors performed a CT scan.
He had no fractures, but he did have trauma to the pelvis, hip and knee which should take around 20 days to heal.
Shock: The US actor, 57, hit the windscreen of the car (pictured) and while he has no fractures, he has hurt his pelvis and bruised his legs and arms
Upsetting: The actor's feet were just visible as his injuries were tended to on the road, very quickly after the accident, while worried bystanders looked on
Crash scene: The scooter could be seen lying in front of the car, with the smashed windscreen clearly visible - no doubt the star will be counting his blessings that things were not worse
The star's wife Amal, 40, immediately rushed to his side and after two hours, she and George left together via a side exit with security and the local police escort.
The source also told MailOnline: 'The accident happened in a very tourist area, so at that time there was not much traffic.
'Those who saw it will have probably thought of a normal accident also because Clooney's scooter is a normal scooter, there are lots of them around.'
Firefighters arrived at the scene as a safety precaution and in one snap, an extinguisher can be seen abandoned on the road.
Taking it away: The bike was covered in a white tarpaulin later in the day as the road was cleared following the incident - the roads were fairly quiet when the incident took place
Taking no chances: A host of firefighters arrived on the scene as a safety precaution
MailOnline has contacted a representative for George for further information.
La Nuova Sardegna first reported on Tuesday morning, reporting that George had not sustained any serious injuries.
Amal and George, along with their one-year-old twins, Ella and Alexander, are living in Sardinia for the summer, where he is filming his new TV series, Catch 22.
The couple had previously been enjoying their European trip alongside George's parents Nina and Nick Clooney, as well as Amal's mother Baria Alamuddin.
Stepping out: Amal rushed to be with George after learning of the accident - the couple were last seen dining at the La Tavernetta in San Paolo
Going home: The pair emerged out a side door of the hospital along with a host of staff as they slipped into a waiting private car (the pair are not visible here)
Taking it easy: George was no doubt eased into the car after suffering bruising during the crash
They are reportedly renting a beautiful two-storey villa from Ezio Maria Simonelli, an accountant and man close to former Italian president Silvio Berlusconi.
The stunning abode features two swimming pools, a tennis court and an incredibly colourful landscape.
Sardinia is a large Italian island in the Mediterranean Sea and is over 500 miles from Clooney's villa in Lake Como.
Accident: The crash is thought to have taken place right by Hotel Ollastu (pictured)
George has been working hard in the region for his new project Catch 22, with the star directing, producing and starring in the six episode miniseries based on Joseph Heller's seminal novel.
It was announced in April that the multi-talented star was reducing his role in the Hulu production so he could concentrate on his directing and producing credits.
The two-time Oscar winner has hired Kyle Chandler of Friday Night Lights fame to take over the part of Col. Cathcart (played by Martin Balsam in the 1970 adaptation) originally earmarked for himself while he takes on the less demanding role of Scheisskopf.
Home away from home: George and Amal are reportedly renting a beautiful two-storey villa from Ezio Maria Simonelli, an accountant and man close to former Italian president Silvio Berlusconi
The story, set in Italy during World War 2, focuses on Christopher Abbott's character of Yossarian, a US Air Force bombardier who is furious because the bureaucratic rule known as Catch-22.
The rule specifies that a concern for one’s own safety in the face of dangers which are real and immediate is the process of a rational mind; a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but a request to be removed from duty is evidence of sanity and therefore makes him ineligible to be relieved from duty.
Hugh Laurie also stars as Major de Coverley for the series which has a release date of 2019.
In demand: George has been working hard in the region for his new project Catch 22, with the star directing, producing and starring in the six episode miniseries based on Joseph Heller's seminal novel - pictured with Amal at Prince Harry's wedding to Meghan in May