Shia LaBeouf by George Pimentel/ WireImage.com
was "eye-opening and terrifying," he told
, addressing the smash-up for the first time.
"The car hit me at 70 mph," the
star said of July 27 accident. "It was one of the biggest things that's happened to me, for sure, in my life."
The collision flipped the 22-year-old's truck and severely injured his left hand. LaBeouf underwent surgery to repair two fingers, and the injury was subsequently written into the
plot. His hand is still in a brace.
LaBeouf was initially booked on suspicion of a DUI, but police have since determined the
other driver was at fault
"I'm grateful to be here," LaBeouf added. -
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