Driver in George Clooney crash had 'the sun in his eyes'

Ben Arnold
(Credit: ABC News)

The man whose car George Clooney crashed into in Sardinia on Tuesday has said that he could not see the oncoming traffic because ‘the sun was in his eyes’.

Antonello Viglino’s Mercedes estate was on the wrong side of the carriageway about to take a left turn, when the collision with Clooney occurred.

The 67-year-old told the Corriere della Sera newspaper: “I didn’t see anything, I had the sun in my eyes.”

Video footage of the crash has now emerged, showing Viglino’s car coming to a halt on the wrong side of the road, prior to the crash.

A first bike, thought to be ridden by Clooney’s bodyguard, narrowly avoids crashing, but Clooney is not so lucky.

As he hits the car’s windscreen with his helmet, he’s then thrown into the air.

(Credit: Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

Clooney was on his way to the set of the forthcoming TV adaptation of Catch 22, which he’s starring in and directing, which is filming on the island.

He was taken to hospital in an ambulance following the crash, but was discharged later the same day with bruising.

Reps for the actor confirmed that he is ‘recovering at his home, and will be fine’.

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