Wednesday, February 4, 2004

Trebek OK after car crash

Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek escaped injury when he apparently fell asleep at the wheel of his pickup truck, sideswiped a string of mailboxes and sailed over an embankment into a ditch, authorities said.

Trebek, 63, was driving alone on a rural road near Templeton, Calif., over the weekend and his truck was airborne for about 40 feet, California Highway Patrol Officer Scott Koolman said.

Trebek owns and manages Creston Farms, a horse breeding and training farm about 10 miles southeast of Templeton on the central coast. An employee there said he wasn't aware of the accident.

"I don't know how he's doing because I haven't heard anything about it," farm manager Art Mercado said.

A message left for Jeopardy!" senior producer Rocky Schmidt was not immediately returned.

The Canadian-born Trebek has been host of the popular quiz show Jeopardy! since 1984. He also hosts the annual National Geographic Bee.

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