Freddie Flintoff airlifted to hospital following car crash while filming Top Gear, England cricketing legend’s injuries ‘not life threatening’

Freddie Flintoff was airlifted to hospital after being involved in a car crash while filming Top Gear.

The England cricketing legend was filming an episode of the BBC series at Dunsfold Park Aerodrome in Surrey on Tuesday when the accident happened.

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Flintoff’s injuries thankfully aren’t life-threatening

He was injured as cameras rolled to capture his take on the car for the show’s review segment.

It is understood that the 45-year-old’s injuries are not life threatening but may require surgery.

A BBC spokesperson said: ‘Freddie was injured in an accident on the Top Gear test track this morning – with crew medics attending the scene immediately.

“He has been taken to hospital for further treatment and we will confirm more details in due course.”

A source added to The sun: “Freddie is in the hospital after a crash on Top Gear.

“He was riding the track as usual. He wasn’t going at high speed, it was just an accident that could happen to anyone.

“All the usual health and safety measures were also in place for the shoot.

“Freddie was taken to hospital by air ambulance shortly thereafter.

“His injuries are not life-threatening and he is receiving treatment.

“Filming has been postponed for now and everyone is worried about Freddie’s recovery.”

Flintoff is an icon of English cricket and forged a great career in journalism after his playing days


Flintoff is an icon of English cricket and forged a great career in journalism after his playing days

Flintoff was behind the wheel filming when the incident happened, prompting medics on site near Cranleigh to come to his aid.

Co-star Chris Harris, who presents the show alongside Flintoff and Paddy McGuiness, was also on the test track.

Flintoff, who was twice named England cricket captain, first in 2006 and 2007, retired from the international scene in 2010, briefly returning to play for Lancashire four years later.

After his successful sports career, he became a familiar face on television, joining various reality and panel shows and appearing as the face of supermarket brand Morrisons.

In 2010, he captained the team of Sky’s A League Of Their Own, hosted by James Corden before being crowned king of the jungle in the first series of Australia’s version of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in 2015.

After starring in the BBC drama Love, Lies and Records in 2017, he made his musical theater debut in Kay Mellor’s Fat Friends The Musical and hosted All Star Musicals for ITV in December of the same year.

He was announced in October 2018, ahead of the show’s 27th series, as the new host of Top Gear alongside Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris.

Tuesday’s accident isn’t the first Flintoff has faced since he started working on the program.

In February 2019, the presenter was involved in a minor incident when he crashed into a market stall in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.

In September of the same year, he crashed again while driving a three-wheeled vehicle at a reported speed of 124mph while filming Top Gear at Elvington Airfield in Yorkshire, but pulled away from the incident unscathed.

Former Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond was involved in a serious crash at the same airfield in 2006, leaving him in a coma.

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