The collision was reported shortly before 11 p.m. on the northbound side of the interstate, just south of Alicia Parkway, according to the Orange County Fire Authority.
The driver of a Toyota veered into the HOV lane and collided "into the rear end of the Lincoln Navigator," said Officer Rafael Reynoso of the California Highway Patrol.
"That collision caused the Navigator to hit the center divider and subsequently overturn," Reynoso said.
The four patients who were transported to hospitals included a woman in her 20s and three men in their 40s and 50s, fire officials said. The woman, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was listed in stable condition after being critically hurt. The other three suffered minor injuries.
Thoughts and love out to Will Ferrell and his friends and family today. Quick healing. Godspeed.— jason alexander (@IJasonAlexander) April 13, 2018
The group was traveling back from a Funny or Die event in San Diego at the time of the incident.
The driver of the Toyota was unharmed.
Ferrell was seen on a gurney, apparently speaking on a cellphone, before firefighter-paramedics placed him into an ambulance at the scene.
The CHP said Ferrell was taken to Mission Hospital. He has since been released.
The cause of the crash was under investigation by the CHP, who said alcohol and drugs do not seem to be a factor in the incident.
United Talent Agency released the following statement on Ferrell's behalf:
While traveling back to Los Angeles after hosting a voter registration event in San Diego, a car carrying Will Ferrell and three of his colleagues was struck on the freeway by another vehicle. Will and his colleague, Andrew Steele, were unhurt and have been released from an Orange County hospital. Will's longtime driver, Mark Thompson, and his other colleague Carolina Barlow, remain hospitalized in stable condition. Will is staying close by as his friends are being treated, and has expressed his deep gratitude to the first responders who were immediately at the scene and to the hospital team that took such great care of them. He's also grateful for all the well wishes he and his friends are receiving.