Marc Summers is recovering from serious facial injuries after being involved in a car accident last week. Summers, 60, was riding in the back seat of a taxi during a torrential downpour when the vehicle hydroplaned and Summers smashed into the plastic partition between the front and back seat of the cab.
Summers became a generational icon while hosting the Nickelodeon television game show Double Dare. These days he is heavily involved in the talent and production aspects of the Food Network and hosts the program Unwrapped.
Summers was in Philadelphia for a taping of another Food Network television show starring his good friend Robert Irvine, Restaurant Impossible, when the accident occurred.
Summers underwent a 4-hour-long operation on his face by a plastic surgeon.
“Everything on the left side [of my face] from my eye socket down was just wiped out,” Summers told PEOPLE magazine. “My eye socket got all swollen. I’m having trouble seeing completely out of the left eye… There’s lots of titanium and screws in my face. I was pretty lucky that I didn’t have brain damage.”
Although Summers doesn’t remember the exact moment his face made impact with the partition, he does recall the seconds leading up to it.
“I knew when [the driver] lost control that I was in trouble. I was on the phone with my supervising producer and I said, ‘Oh my God, we’re going to crash!’ ” he told PEOPLE magazine. “Next thing I knew, I woke up and had blood all over me.”
In spite of his extensive injuries, Summers is hopeful that he will make a full recovery in a few months after the swelling goes down.
Summers has thanked his fans on Twitter for their support and has said that he would like to start a campaign against having the plastic partitions in taxis.
According to tweets made by Summers, his friend Robert Irvine has checked in on him daily since the accident. Summers was recently a guest at Irvine’s wedding, which was highlighted on Saturday during the Food Network’s special Wedding Impossible.
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