'The sun was in my eyes': Italian grandfather, 65 involved in George Clooney scooter crashed says he did not see the actor coming and 'didn't want to go to work' afterwards because he was so upset
- George Clooney was thrown several feet into the air when his scooter hit a car
- Actor was riding along a street in Sardinia, an Italian island, when crash occurred
- Antonello Viglino, 65, was driving the Mercedes the star smashed in to and was flung 20ft into the air
- Mr Viglino, a plumber, said someone told him who he had collided with at the scene
- A spokesman for the Hollywood star says he is recovering at home and 'will be fine'
- The 57-year-old was reportedly riding to the set of his new TV show, Catch 22
Antonelli Viglino, 65, had come to a stop and was about to turn left, crossing Clooney's path, when the actor plowed into him, reportedly at a speed of 60mph.
Terrifying video of the collision shows Clooney being flung from his bike and landing on the ground.
Miraculously, he survived with no head injuries and some damage to his pelvis.
Viglino said he was stunned to learn who Clooney was once his helmet had been removed.
He likened the accident to the famous Nespresso commercial in which the actor appears, saying he introduced himself to the firefighters and others at the scene by saying: 'I'm George'.
George Clooney is pictured with his wife Amal riding his scooter in Sardinia on June 3. He crashed it on Monday
'His head hit the windscreen and he fell to the ground': George Clooney crashed his scooter into a Mercedes being driven by a man in his sixties in Sardinia on Tuesday
'I didn't see anything, I had the sun on my eyes. I was about to turn, I just got over the line,' Mr. Viglino told the Italian newspaper Il Giornale.
Mr. Viglino, who is a plumber, was on his way to work to perform maintenance on a villa on the island.
After the crash, he was so upset that he slumped against a wall on the side of the road and had to be driven home by a friend.
Before he left the scene, one of Clooney's security guards - who had been driving in front of him on his own scooter - told him who had been hit.
'You hit Clooney,' the man said.
When a stunned Mr Viglino asked who, they replied: 'Clooney ... the actor ... the one who shoots the film at the airport'. Clooney is in Sardinia filming the Hulu series Catch 22.
New video has emerged showing George Clooney's brush with death in a scooter crash in Italy. Clooney is seen above on his scooter (circled) in the moment before the crash
Clooney is then seen thrown off this bike on the ground after colliding with a vehicle
When he learned that Clooney had been taken to hospital, he said he wanted to go to see him but by the time he planned to visit, the star had been discharged.
'I hope to see him again,' Mr. Viglino said.
A witness, Gianni Visciano, who was driving a pick up truck, said: 'Clooney was shouting and when one of his escorts took off his helmet, he seemed unable to move his legs and held his head'.
Sergio Gavazzi, owner of the nearby Costa Corallina café, added: 'There was great confusion. Cars were queuing as people stopped to look. One of Clooney's escorts shouted: 'No photos on mobile phones.'
Clooney was on his way to Olbia, where he is filming the Hulu show Catch 22, from a home in Puntaldia
Pictured is the home Clooney is renting from accountant Ezio Maria Simonelli
Clooney, 57, collided with a Mercedes on the Italian island of Sardinia about 7am on Tuesday, when it turned into his lane as he tried to ride past.
Video taken from a fixed security camera, obtained by Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, shows another rider managed to get around the car, but Clooney, believed to be riding nearby, was reportedly hit.
In the video, he is seen flipping over the handlebars of his scooter, flying into the air, appearing to hit the windscreen of the car, before tumbling onto the asphalt.
Fortunately the star was wearing a helmet and was driving slowly, but the windscreen of the Mercedes was badly smashed.
The actor's feet were just visible as his injuries were tended to on the road moments after the accident
The scooter could be seen lying in front of the car, with the smashed windscreen clearly visible
An oil stain and police paint remained on the road. Photographs taken by someone passing the scene showed the car's front right bumper damaged and Clooney's scooter on its side.
Viglino is seen rushing to Clooney's aid, as are other witnesses.
He was taken to John Paul II hospital in Olbia, but released after just a few hours.
The actor had a CT scan, which showed no fractures, but he has reportedly suffered trauma to the pelvis, hip and knee which should take around 20 days to heal.
A spokesman for the Oceans 11 actor told Associated Press he was 'recovering at his home and will be fine'.
Clooney's wife Amal, 40, immediately rushed to his side and after two hours, she and George left together via a side exit with security and the local police escort.
The source also told MailOnline: 'The accident happened in a very tourist area, so at that time there was not much traffic.
'Those who saw it will have probably thought of a normal accident also because Clooney's scooter is a normal scooter, there are lots of them around.'
Firefighters arrived at the scene as a safety precaution and in one snap, an extinguisher can be seen abandoned on the road.
A source told MailOnline the actor had been riding his scooter from his house in Puntaldia, Sardinia, to the set of his new Hulu TV series, Catch 22, which is in Capo Ceraso, in Olbia, when the accident occured.
George was at the intersection of Costa Corallina, a tourist village with a private harbour, when he got hit by the car as it turned left to enter the village.
Amal and George, along with their one-year-old twins, Ella and Alexander, are living in Sardinia for the summer, where he is filming his new TV series, Catch 22.
The couple had previously been enjoying their European trip alongside George's parents Nina and Nick Clooney, as well as Amal's mother Baria Alamuddin.
Clooney has been staying at a lush, gated rental villa in the high-end Puntaldia neighborhood on Sardinia's northeastern coast, which overlooks the Tyrrhenian Sea. Staff at the home declined to comment.
The actor is a frequent visitor to Italy. He has a home on Lake Como and was married in Venice in 2014 to British human rights attorney Amal Clooney.
Clooney (pictured) had been riding his scooter from his house in Puntaldia, Sardinia, to the set of his new Hulu TV series, Catch 22, which is in Capo Ceraso, in Olbia
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