Melyssa Ford is recovering from a horrific car crash.
The 41-year-old model, radio and television personality was involved in a car crash in Los Angeles on Thursday, June 28, and suffered multiple head injuries. Her rep tells Us Weekly that an 18-wheeler merged into her lane while she was driving on the Ventura freeway, clipping her back right tire as she exited Brand/Central Avenue.
Ford’s serious head injuries include a skull fracture, concussion and bleeding in her brain, amongst other severe cuts and bruises. She also had a 10-inch open wound that had to be surgically closed using stitches and staples, in addition to several large gashes on her arms and legs. According to her rep, she is now recovering in an L.A. hospital and is under constant observation.
“God and her seatbelt saved her life," the rep says.
Real Housewives of Atlanta star Claudia Jordan, who is good friends with Ford, shared a picture from the car crash, which shows the former Blood, Sweat & Heels star lying on the ground next to her overturned Jeep as three men attempt to assist her. Jordan said she got Ford's permission before sharing the photo.
"She was involved in a horrific accident that could have easily taken her life," Jordan wrote. "It’s actually a miracle she survived. She’s injured FOR REAL. She doesn’t even remember this as she has a huge gash in her head and blood on the brain. This was sent to me by a Good Samaritan that didn’t know who he was helping but once he saw the story online he contacted me knowing we’re friends and he was following me."
Jordan also asked for any eyewitnesses to come forward.
"If anyone was a witness to this accident please inbox me any information you may have," Jordan wrote. "As you can imagine Melyssa doesn’t remember much so I’m hoping witnesses will come forward and assist in putting the pieces back together. She was hit by an 18 wheeler. .... Everyone please send love and prayers to our friend @melyssaford."
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Melyssa Ford (R) attends Floyd Mayweather's 41st Birthday Party at The Reserve on February 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 24: Model Melyssa Ford attends the YouTube Pre BET Awards Showcase at NeueHouse Hollywood on June 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by FilmMagic/FilmMagic for YouTube)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Actress Melyssa Ford attends the 2018 American Black Film Festival Honors Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 25, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: Melyssa Ford attends Mark Pitts & Bystorm Ent. 7th Annual Post BET Awards Party hosted by DJ Khaled on June 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for JRose Agency )
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 14: Actress and model Melyssa Ford (R) and Jason Lee arrive at the launch of OUE Skyspace LA at the U.S. Bank Tower on July 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Melyssa Ford attends The Bryan Michael Cox Music And Memory Brunch at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 12, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Melyssa Ford attends the House of Stoli Event Hosted By Cool & Dre at E.P. & L.P. on February 8, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Stoli Group USA, LLC)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 11: (L-R) Hannah Bronfman, Melyssa Ford, and Saba Packwood attend Happy Ending NYC on August 11, 2015, in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: (L-R) Melyssa Ford and Tutan Reyes attend the 7th Annual NFL Draft Fundraiser at DL on April 30, 2015, in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: Melyssa Ford and Christina Milian attend DJ Khaled 'Grateful' Platinum Celebration on August 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Epic Records)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 17: Model Melyssa Ford attends BET Presents the American Black Film Festival Honors on February 17, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images )
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 03: TV personality Melyssa Ford visits 106 & Park at BET studio on February 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/BET/Getty Images for BET)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 30: Actress/model Melyssa Ford attends Dr. Black's Brain Bar Super Bowl XLVIII Launch Event at PH-D Rooftop Lounge at Dream Downtown on January 30, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Melyssa Ford (L) and guest attend Spring 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The official lounge of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Stone Rose Lounge on September 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)