Gary Susman
July 03, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Maybe they’d have been safer if they’d stuck to the backstreets. On Monday night, a Toyota Camry in which Backstreet Boys AJ McLean and Brian Littrell were passengers was struck during a three-car pileup at an intersection in Lexington, Ky., MTV News reports. Fortunately, no one was seriously hurt, and the cars suffered only minor damage in what police described as a ”very simple fender bender.”

McLean, Littrell, Littrell’s mother, and Littrell’s wife and son were leaving the University of Kentucky, site of a charity golf tournament (the second annual ”Golfing With Brian!”) Littrell had organized to raise money for a local hospital. The Camry, driven by Littrell’s mom, had entered the intersection when a car making a left turn struck the car beside them, which sideswiped the Camry. The impact wasn’t even hard enough to set off the airbags, police said.

McLean’s mom told MTV that her son had banged up his knee a bit but said all were fine. He said he had just put his seatbelt on seconds before the Escalade hit them, and said it could have been much worse if Brian’s mom had not turned the wheel to miss the truck head on. He was pretty shaken by it all since he has never been in an accident like that before. But he’s doing fine.”

It’s not clear when the Backstreet Boys will get together again in the studio as well as on the links. Last week, Littrell’s attorney assured MTV that the quintet had not broken up, even though four of the five members (McLean, Littrell, Nick Carter, and Howie Dorough) are working on solo albums.

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