Top Gear Crash: Freddie Flintoff Airlifted From Test Track After Incident Whilst Filming
The BBC have announced that Freddie Flintoff has been in a horror crash whilst filming for Top Gear at the shows test track at Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey, leaving him being airlifted to hospital.
According to the BBC:
“He received medical care at the scene before being taken to hospital for further treatment. The incident happened at Top Gear’s test track at Dunsfold Park Aerodrome in Surrey.
“His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening and a BBC spokesperson said details would be confirmed “in due course”. It is understood that the accident did not happen at high speed.”
It has not been confirmed yet what exactly happened or the extent of Flintoff’s injuries.
This is not the first time Flintoff has had a mishap on set, but sounds like the most serious. Viewers have seen Flintoff’s adrenaline junkie side since he started on the show alongside Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris, with the former cricketer doing the majority of the crazy stunts that no one else would agree to.
We will wait for further news on how Flintoff is doing but hope he’s well.
For many fans this will be casting them back to 2006 when Richard Hammond had his horrendous crash. Hammond was driving a jet-powered car called the Vampire dragster, attempting to break the British land speed record. However, the vehicle veered off the runway and crashed, resulting in Hammond being unconscious and critically injured.
The accident occurred at the Elvington airfield in North Yorkshire, England. Hammond had reached speeds of over 300 mph before losing control of the vehicle. The crash was captured on video and quickly made headlines around the world.
Fortunately, Hammond survived the crash and made a full recovery, although he was forced to take a break from “Top Gear” to recuperate. He later returned to the show and continued to host it for several more seasons.
The crash was investigated by both the BBC and the Health and Safety Executive, and it was determined that a tire failure was the likely cause. Hammond himself has said that he believes the crash was caused by a “catastrophic failure” in the car’s steering system.
Despite the severity of the crash, Hammond has maintained a sense of humor about the incident. In a later episode of “Top Gear,” he joked that the car “wasn’t going straight because I was on the wrong road.”
The crash was a reminder of the potential dangers of high-speed driving and the importance of safety measures in such situations. Hammond was lucky to have survived the accident, and it serves as a cautionary tale for anyone who takes part in high-speed driving or motorsports.