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The Rock offers an update on ‘my son’ Kevin Hart after crash: ‘Thankfully he was strapped in nicely’

Actor-comedian Kevin Hart suffered 'major back injuries' in crash involving vintage muscle car (PHOTOS: TMZ)

Actor-comedian Kevin Hart suffered 'major back injuries' in crash involving vintage muscle car (PHOTOS: TMZ)

CALABASAS, Calif. — We now have an update on Kevin Hart, thanks to one of his best friends.

Appearing on the first episode of “The Kelly Clarkson Show” on Monday, Sept. 9, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson talked about the Hart’s recovery from a crash Sept. 1 which left him with back injuries.

“I spoke with Kevin,” said Johnson, joking about Hart’s smaller size. “I actually refer to him as my son. “I connected with him today, and you know what? These things happen in life, and thankfully, he was strapped in nicely to his car seat.”

Hart was one of three people involved in the crash in Calabasas, California, according to a California Highway Patrol incident report.

Hart and the driver, Jared Black, sustained back injuries and were transported to hospitals for treatment. The third occupant did not suffer any substantial injuries, the report stated.

The three were traveling in a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda owned by Hart when Black lost control of the vehicle, according to the report, causing it to go off the road and roll down an embankment.

Authorities said Black was determined not to be under the influence at the time of the crash. CNN reached out to representatives for Hart for comment.

Hart was actually supposed to be a guest on Clarkson’s new show, but Johnson left his honeymoon early to substitute for his injured friend.

The pair have appeared in a few films together, including the forthcoming “Jumanji: The Next Level.”

Johnson kept it light and joked, “We spoke to his pediatrician, and he’s doing very well. He’s bummed he couldn’t be here, as you know, but I love the guy. He’s one of my best friends. Thank God. It could’ve been a lot worse. He’s a lucky man. I wish him the best.”

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