Food Network's Marc Summers Suffers Horrible Facial Injuries in Taxi Crash
"I Was Pretty Lucky That I Didn't Have Brain Damage," the Unwrapped Host Says
The bad news: former Double Dare host and current Food Network host and producer Marc Summers was in a terrible taxicab accident last week that left him feeling like half his face had been "wiped out."
But the good news: Summers says he's recovering quickly, and is focusing on being grateful that he's still alive and without brain damage from the serious accident.
Summers, 60, was riding in a taxi in Philadelphia last week, returning from a stint producing an episode of the Food Network series Restaurant Impossible. It was raining so hard that it felt like a "torrential downpour," he says, which led the cab to lose control and hydroplane.
Summers slammed into the partition that separates the front seat of the cab from the back.
"Everything on the left side (of my face) from my eye socket down was just wiped out," Summers told People.com. "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."
The jarring accident was so traumatic, in fact, that Summers says he can't even remember the actual crash, but remembers everything leading up to it and following 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!'" Summers told People.com.
"Next thing I knew, I woke up and had blood all over me."
Summers said his wife, son and daughter-in-law immediately flew in to see him before he underwent a four-hour long procedure with a plastic surgeon. And though he's still in a lot of pain and is dealing with a very swollen face, he will completely heal.
"Everything went back into place," says Summers. "In a few weeks, the swelling will go down and no one will ever know … I'll be a new guy."