Baltimore filmmaker John Waters was released from the hospital Tuesday morning following a car accident on Monday.

The 78-year-old released a statement saying that although he was hurt in the Baltimore County crash, he did not sustain major injuries.

“Since it hurts when I laugh I will have no witty answer about being in a car accident that no one has said was my fault,” he said. “Hope you understand. I’m released from the hospital and all is ok.”

Waters did not reveal any specifics about the car crash.

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A Baltimore County Police report obtained by The Baltimore Banner says a 2012 Chevrolet cargo van was headed north on Interstate 83 near the intersection with Joppa Road when the driver moved into the left lane to avoid a tow truck stopped in the right lane.

The Baltimore County Police Department diagrammed a wreck involving film director John Waters. Waters sustained minor injuries in the collision on May 6, 2024, and the other driver acknowledged to police he was distracted before hitting Waters’ car.

Waters, headed west on Joppa Road, pulled through a green light as the van driver ran through a red traffic signal, according to the police report. The van struck Waters’ car, disabling both vehicles, police said.

The van driver told police he was distracted by the tow truck when he pulled into the intersection.

Fans of the cult moviemaker behind favorites such as “Hairspray” and “Pink Flamingos” will likely breathe a sigh of relief, as rumors spread on social media Monday night that he was in critical condition.

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The director and screenwriter’s most recent public appearance was just this past weekend at the Maryland Film Festival, where his pick for the lineup, the thriller film “Butt Boy,” was screened. In an interview last week, Waters described the film as “peculiar” but well done.

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The Pope of Trash has had a busy last few weeks in general: In early April, he confirmed that Aubrey Plaza will be the leading lady in “Liarmouth,” a film adaption of his first novel — as well as his first movie in about 20 years.

Correction: This story’s photo caption has been updated to correct the date of the accident.