US actress Anne Heche is in a coma and has not regained consciousness after a collision that left her vehicle “bursting into flames,” a representative confirmed.
Eche, 53, was hospitalized following Friday morning’s incident in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles and remains in critical condition.
She is the former partner of US talk show host Ellen DeGeneres – the couple began dating in 1997 before splitting in 2000 – and is known for films such as Donnie Brasco, Cedar Rapids and the 1998 Psycho remake.
“Previous reports saying Anne Heche was stable were inaccurate,” a spokesman said.
“Shortly after the accident, Anne passed out, went into a coma and is in critical condition.
“She has a significant lung injury that requires mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention.”
Pictures and video footage obtained by US media outlet TMZ after the incident showed Ms Heche at the wheel of a blue Mini Cooper, which was later pictured badly damaged at the scene.
The vehicle struck a two-story house and “erupted in a severe fire,” according to the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD).
“It took 59 firefighters 65 minutes to reach, contain and completely extinguish the persistent flames within the badly damaged structure,” an LAFD report said.
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“An adult female (was) found in the vehicle and was rushed by LAFD paramedics to a nearby hospital in critical condition.”
The LAFD also confirmed to the PA news agency that the vehicle had driven 30 feet into the residence but the occupant of the home escaped unharmed.
The building remained “uninhabitable,” added spokesman Brian Humphrey.
https://www.independent.ie/style/celebrity/celebrity-news/anne-heche-is-in-a-coma-after-la-car-crash-representative-confirms-41899119.html Anne Heche is in a coma after a car crash in LA, a representative confirms