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August 11, 2014

‘The Rock’s’ mom survives crash

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson says he is hugging his family “much tighter these days.”

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson says he is hugging his family “much tighter these days.”

The actor/wrestling star revealed in an Instagram post Sunday that his mom, Ata Johnson, and cousin, WWE NXT Diva Lina Fanene, were hit head-on by a drunk driver last week.

"My mom & cousin ... were struck head on by a drunk driver this week — they lived," he wrote. "First reaction is to find the person who did this and do unrelenting harm to them. But then you realize the most important thing is my family lived thru this and we can hug each other that much tighter these days.”

It is unclear where exactly the collision occurred, but TMZ reports that Ata and Fanene were returning to Orlando after attending a charity event in Clermont, Florida, last weekend.

Rock posted a picture of his mother's totaled white Escalade. That was his Christmas gift to her in 2012.

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