Kris Allen, wife in head-on car collision

Kris Allen was involved in a head-on car collision on New Year's Day, but he appears to be in good spirits and is excited to share the news that his wife Katy is expecting a baby.

According to Arkansas State Police, another driver was headed west on I-40 near Highway 365 around 6:20 p.m. As she crossed over I-40, she hit Kris' car while he was trying to merge onto the interstate.

The other driver was cited for careless driving.

The "American Idol" season eight champ tweeted late Tuesday night, "Yes I got in a really bad wreck tonight and yes I'm having a lil baby. #gonnabeadaddy" Allen added, "Thank you @ford for equipping me with a car that kept my whole family @katyallen @ZorroPup [his dog] and the little one we have on the way safe."

Allen's mom, Kimberly Allen, tweeted a photo of her wide-eyed son in a neck brace, nursing his arm -- presumably he was just making that face for the camera -- and wrote, "From Kris: he's in a lot of pain, arm broke, may not play guitar for a while. Prayers welcome please!"

She added, "Kristopher and Katy are both pretty beat up but ALIVE!" She also said that the couple's dog is all good: "Zorro is fine too! Very shook up, but not injured."