Dukes of Hazard fans crushed as General Lee destroyed by Hurricane Ida


Dukes of Hazard car crushed by tree

Dukes of Hazard icon General Lee wrecked by Hurricane Ida (Picture: Getty/Rex)

The Dukes of Hazard star John Schneider has revealed the show’s heroic car General Lee has been ruined by Hurricane Ida, which has torn through parts of the United States causing irreparable damage and killing 40 people in its wake. 

The 61-year-old starred as Bo in the classic comedy from the 1980s, and posted photos of the vehicle which he kept from the show crushed underneath a tree. 

Schneider and his family avoided being hurt by the storm, but he shared many images of the destruction on his home. 

He wrote on Facebook: ‘Well… When something like this happens you have two choices: Tears and laughter. I choose laughter. 

‘So… What’s your caption? Here’s mine: Miss Ida stopped by to see the General at Miss Shirley’s last night…’ 

He shared several updates with fans, who were also crushed by the damage done to the beloved General.


Dukes of Hazzard star John Schneider s replica of the famous General Lee car was crushed by a tree and his production studio lot ravaged by Hurricane Ida. The actor, who played Bo Duke in the hit 80s TV show, showed off the devastating aftermath after Ida tore through the TV and movie production studio lot in Holden, Louisiana. He revealed a huge tree came crashing down onto his orange General Lee modified Dodge Charger stunt car. Schneider plans to restore the car and is asking fans to help him by buying merchandise from his studio store at johnschneiderstudios.com. 02 Sep 2021 Pictured: Dukes of Hazzard star John Schneider s replica General Lee car crushed and production studio lot ravaged by Hurricane Ida in Holden, Louisiana. *BYLINE: John Schneider/Mega. Photo credit: John Schneider/MEGA TheMegaAgency.com +1 888 505 6342

Fans were crushed to see General Lee in ruins (Picture: John Schneider/MEGA)

One fan commented: ’Seeing those general Lee’s got my hubby a bit teary eyed. He loves that car. If he could trade me in on that car he would do it in a heartbeat,’ while another echoed a similar sentiment, posting: ‘This is so sad!! Loved watching Dukes growing up! Had the biggest crush on Bo/John!! Always wanted to meet him!’

A third pleaded: ‘Please, please do not send the General Lee to the scrap heap. I beg you, everything is fixable & the General is definitely worth all it takes.’

One particularly grief-stricken fan called the incident a ‘national tragedy’. 

Thankfully, Schneider began to take the chaos with good humour, posting another photo of General Lee in a pretty bad way, captioning the image with a quote directed at his Dukes of Hazzard character: ‘No, Bo… I said OVER the tree!’

General Lee – an orange 1969 Dodge Charger – appeared in every Dukes episode apart from one, and was as much a main character of the show as the Dukes boys, Bo and Luke, as well as their cousins Coy and Vance.

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