The nephew of Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond is in critical condition in hospital following a head on collision on the family’s ranch in Oklahoma.
Caleb Drummond, 21, was seriously injured when a fire truck he was driving crashed into another fire truck driven by Ree’s husband Ladd Drummond.
The pair had been responding to a grass fire that was encroaching on the rural property on Wednesday, according to local CBS affiliate News On 6.
Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond’s husband Ladd was involved in a crash on the family ranch in Oklahoma on Wednesday that left the couple’s nephew in ‘critical condition’
Caleb Drummond, 21, was behind the wheel of a fire truck when he collided head on with a fire truck driven by Ladd as they responded to a grass fire about eight miles west of Pawhuska
The crash happened on a country road about eight miles west of the town of Pawhuska, according to People.
Citing the Oklahoma highway patrol, the outlet said the trucks hit one another ‘head-on’ due to ‘high winds on a gravel road’ that caused visibility to be decreased.
Caleb, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was reportedly ejected from the truck and thrown 70 feet as a result of the impact.
He suffered head, arm, leg and internal injuries, according to the OHP report, and is being cared for at the St. John Medical Center in Tulsa.
Ladd Drummond, 57, declined medical treatment at the scene.
High winds and smoke had led to reduced visibility at the time of the collision which happened at about 1:43 p.m. local time, according to local CBS affiliate News On 6
Caleb, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was reportedly ejected from the truck and thrown 70 feet as a result of the impact. He suffered head, arm, leg and internal injuries and is being treated at St. John’s Medical Center in Tulsa
Ladd Drummond, 57, pictured with wife Ree in 2017, declined medical treatment at the scene, according to reports
According to local news outlet Fox23, firefighters in the area have been battling grass fires across northeastern Oklahoma since Monday.
The Drummond family is one of the largest landowners in the U.S., owning 433,000 acres of property, and Ree and Ladd have raised their four children on their ranch in Pawhuska.
Ree Drummond, 51, became famous for her popular cookbooks, blog and Food Network show.
She also opened a Pioneer Woman-themed boutique hotel, a restaurant and a store in Pawhuska and prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of fans flocked to the small town each week.
Ree Drummond, 51, who married Ladd in 1996, became famous for her popular cookbooks, blog and Food Network show, all under her Pioneer Woman brand.
Ree opened a Pioneer Woman-themed boutique hotel, a restaurant and a store in Pawhuska and prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of fans flocked to the small town each week
Ladd is now a key player at Drummond Land & Cattle Co, the notoriously private family-held company that Frederick Drummond started after arriving in this country from Scotland in the late 19th century.
In addition to the money they bring in from their cattle and horse endeavors, Drummond Land has also received $23.9 million from the federal government via he Bureau of Land Management since December 2006.
These contracts are awarded to the family to keep wild horses and burros on their massive property, with government records stating that they need the land to ‘support animal protection.’
Ree also came from money, growing up as the daughter of a surgeon on a country club in Bartlesville, about 20 miles east of Pawhuska.
She left for school at the University of Southern California and, a few years after graduating, planned to move closer to home, to Chicago.
Her plans took a detour when she stopped for a visit in Bartlesville and meet her Marlboro Man, who she wed in 1996, paving the way for the birth of her alter ego.
The Drummond family is one of the largest landowners in the U.S., owning 433,000 acres of property, and Ree and Ladd raised their four children on the ranch in Pawhuska, Osage County