Actor James Woods grateful to ‘lovely people in Glenwood’
Actor James Woods, twice nominated for Oscars and most prominent for dramatic roles in the 1980s and ‘90s, took to Twitter Monday and Tuesday to describe a traffic accident in Glenwood Canyon and thank locals for their help in the aftermath.
“I can’t say enough about the lovely people in Glenwood Springs, CO and nearby who were so kind,” Woods tweeted at about noon Tuesday, shortly before he got back on the road.
He tweeted Monday evening that he was “happy to be alive” after suffering a “little concussion” in a seven-car accident in Glenwood Canyon.
“Rockies, guy doing 75+ in an ice storm spun out,” he wrote in a tweet describing the accident. “I hit right wall to avoid him, spun 180, hit left wall sliding backwards going 60 mph.”
He said the accident occurred in “that treacherous Glenwood Canyon part of I-70 going west. No shoulders, 6% downgrade. Two hours later two rigs jackknifed.”
The Colorado Department of Transportation confirmed Tuesday morning that an accident occurred Monday afternoon near the Hanging Lake exit in which several cars spun out.
“Huge thanks to EMT’s (Laura) and Colorado S.P. (Officer O’Brien) and ER at Glenwood Springs (Dr. Orman, Katie, Rachel, Danielle), VicAAA,” Woods tweeted at about 9 p.m. Monday.
Dr. Orman presumably refers to Robert B. Orman, listed on the Valley View Hospital website as an emergency room doctor. Officer O’Brien apparently is State Trooper Chris O’Brien, the patrol said.
Victor Hernandez, the tow truck driver for Valley Towing who retrieved Woods’ vehicle, told the PI on Tuesday that Woods was “so down to earth.”
“He was the most humble person I’ve met,” Hernandez said.
Woods on Tuesday met Hernandez and took a selfie photo that he posted on Twitter, leading many of Hernandez’s friends to congratulate him.
“I love it,” Hernandez said of his brush with a celebrity, “but it’s a little overwhelming to get so much attention.” He said, though, that it was a nice lift amid the busyness of pulling vehicles out of snow for two days.
Woods’ description of the accident was sent through his verified Twitter account, @RealJamesWoods.
He said he was driving his “old tank” Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Additional tweets from Woods:
• “God smiled on me today. I am so happy to be alive.”
• “Huge drop 100 feet into river below, but the guardrail held. I managed to pull out and slide down out of oncoming traffic. Six car pileup.”
• “I slid below it. No deaths. Banged up. Car wrecked. Good to be alive. Glad everybody survived.”
• “Every person I dealt with here in Colorado was just superb, professional and caring. Victor at AAA and Kathy who got my stuff from car.”
• “Including me it was a seven car crash, I guess. Police told me I’m the only one who didn’t hit anybody else. I just crashed into the walls.”
• “I was in my 4WD Jeep Grand Cherokee. That Jeep saved my life. An old tank.”
• “I tell you one thing, I admire the fire and police personnel and tow truck drivers out there in storms on dangerous roads. God bless them.”
• “Sorry I’m rambling. Little concussion. Thanks for all the lovely words of support, everybody. Please drive safely for the Holidays.”
• “Oh yeah, and four wheel drive. I rotate, inspect and change my tires religiously. I also use winter tires…”
Woods has had a prolific acting career. His Academy Award nominations were for best actor, for playing a journalist chronicling events in El Salvador in the 1986 Oliver Stone film “Salvador”; and for best supporting actor, for his performance as real-life white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith in the 1996 drama “Ghosts of Mississippi.”
Also known for his conservative political views, he has voiced himself in episodes of the cartoon shows “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy.”
He was born in Vernal, Utah, and lives in Rhode Island.
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