Two individuals were hospitalized after crashing the famous car from the television show “Dukes of Hazzard.” The fire department reported that 309 models of the General Lee were built for the show, with an additional 26 made in 2005 for a remake movie featuring Sean William Scott, Johnny Knoxville, and Jessica Simpson. John Schneider, who played Bo Duke on the show, reportedly owns several of the iconic Chargers but had trouble with one in 2019 when Hurricane Ida uprooted a tree on his property, which fell and crushed the car.
However, the General Lee car itself has been at the center of controversy in the years since the show concluded. Named after Confederate General Robert E. Lee, the vehicle features a Confederate flag decal on the roof. The flag was used by the Confederate States of America from 1861 to 1865 and is viewed by many as a symbol of slavery and white supremacy, making it popular among white supremacists, according to the Anti-Defamation League.
Due to the backlash over the flag’s inclusion, TV Land pulled Dukes of Hazzard from its schedule in 2015, and Warner Bros. ceased production of toys and replicas of the General Lee. The show aired on CBS from 1979 to 1985, following the adventures of cousins Bo (Schneider) and Luke (Tom Wopat) in the fictional Hazzard County, Georgia.