Reading Rainbow's LeVar Burton in Auto Accident

Reading Rainbow's LeVar Burton in Auto Accident
LeVar Burton
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07/14/2009 AT 12:45 PM EDT

LeVar Burton was injured in a five-car accident in West Los Angeles, police tell PEOPLE.

Burton, 52, whose TV acting has included roles on such programs as Roots and Star Trek: The Next Generation and who served as the longtime host of Reading Rainbow, was driving his 2006 Mercedes eastbound along Beverly Boulevard at about 7:40 p.m. Monday when a 74-year-old woman driving westbound turned left in front of him, says LAPD Officer Tenesha Dobine.

The wreck caused a five-car pileup, although no one was seriously injured, Dobine tells PEOPLE. However, Burton complained of neck pain and was treated at a nearby hospital and released, she added.
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