'The Pioneer Woman' Star Ree Drummond's Nephew Is in Critical Condition after Fire Truck Crash

Jené Liebenberg
Mar 11, 2021
11:30 A.M.

Ree Drummond’s husband and nephew were involved in a head-on firetruck accident, leaving her nephew in critical condition.


Ree Drummond’s husband, Ladd Drummond, and nephew Caleb Drummond responded to fires raging through the area surrounding their farm in Osage County, Oklahoma, in separate vehicles when they crashed into each other head-on.

21-year-old Caleb sustained serious injuries after being flung out of the vehicle traveling a distance of 70-feet. “The Pioneer Woman”’s nephew was admitted to hospital in critical condition.

Ree Drummond at "The Pioneer Woman Magazine Celebration with Ree Drummond at The Mason Jar" on June 6, 2017 | Getty Images

Ree Drummond at "The Pioneer Woman Magazine Celebration with Ree Drummond at The Mason Jar" on June 6, 2017 | Getty Images



The accident occurred with Ladd and Caleb traveling in separate Himmat Fire Trucks, with Ladd moving northbound and Caleb southbound on the same road when they collided into each other head-on.

Visibility on the road was poor due to extreme winds on the gravel road that the fire trucks were traveling on. Neither Ladd nor Caleb was wearing safety belts when the accident took place. The accident report reads:

“[Caleb] was ejected approximately 70 feet from point of rest."



While the television personality’s nephew was transported to St. John Medical Center to receive the necessary care, her husband refused to be treated when emergency care personnel arrived on the scene.

[Ree] also has a close-knit relationship with her other nephew Stuart Smith, Doug Smith, Ree’s brother’s son.

According to an Oklahoma Highway Safety report, the 21-year-old was critically injured. He sustained head, arm, leg, and internal injuries in the accident and was admitted to the local hospital in critical condition.



Caleb isn’t a stranger to “The Pioneer Woman” blog readers, as Ree has written about her nephew in previous blog posts, sharing his major school achievements with her followers.

The writer took to her website to gush about her nephew’s high school graduation as she was in disbelief about how quickly Caleb had grown up. Caleb graduated only one day ahead of Ree’s daughter Paige. Ree wrote:

"Caleb, my nephew, graduated Friday night! It was surreal; there's no way he's old enough to graduate from high school."



“The Pioneer Woman” star isn’t only close with her 21-year-old nephew but also has a close-knit relationship with her other nephew Stuart Smith, Doug Smith, Ree’s brother’s son.

Stuart, lovingly called Stu by his family, has formed part of the family camera crew filming Ree’s show “ The Pioneer Woman: Staying Home” during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Stuart lives in Texas but regularly makes the trip to Oklahoma to help his aunt and uncle out on the ranch and join in on the family fun. Ree regularly comments on her nephew’s strong work ethic that he displays when he is around.

When he is in Oklahoma, Stu also gets to try out his aunt’s most recent recipes and is seen on her show delighting in the food she prepared as part of her filming. His hard work is rewarded with delish food at home.

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