Top Gear host Freddie Flintoff ‘escapes injury in high speed crash while filming on the SAME TRACK which left Richard Hammond in a coma for two weeks’
- The cricket star, 41, suffered a close call after his jet trike careered off the road
- Freddie was filming Top Gear at the Elvington Airfield in York
- He insisted he’s ‘absolutely fine’ after the crash, and was back on set the next day
- Richard Hammond was left in a coma for two weeks by a crash at the same track
- The former host was hospital bound for five weeks after crashing in 2006
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Top Gear presenter Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff has revealed he suffered a nasty escape after a high speed crash during filming.
The cricket star, 41, has insisted he’s ‘absolutely fine’ after his jet trike careered off the road during a race at the Elvington Airfield near York.
It comes 13 years after former Top Gear host Richard Hammond was airlifted to hospital with serious head injuries as he crashed his car during filming on the same track.
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Close call: Top Gear presenter Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff has revealed he suffered a nasty escape after being caught in a high-speed crash during filming
Freddie reportedly careered his high speed trike off the road as he filmed the high-speed race.
Crew members rushed to Freddie – who was wearing a full motorcycling suit and helmet for the scenes – but he emerged with barely a scratch.
The former England captain later told MailOnline: ‘I’m absolutely fine and was back filming today.
‘I go to great lengths to make sure I do well in Top Gear drag races but on this occasion I went a few lengths too far.
‘It will look more ridiculous than dangerous when you see it on TV.’
Terrifying: The cricket star has insisted he’s ‘absolutely fine’ after his jet trike careered off the road during a race at the Elvington Airfield near York
Need some help? After his trike careered off the road, crew members rushed to Freddie’s aid, but he emerged without a scratch
Close call: Freddie can be seen above filming for the new series with Chris Harris just minutes before the crash took place
Epic: The star was dressed in full motorcycling gear with a helmet as he filmed on the track with a high-speed trike
Close call: The star then told MailOnline: ‘I go to great lengths to make sure I do well in Top Gear drag races but on this occasion I went a few lengths too far’
A Top Gear spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘The health and safety of our presenters and crew on Top Gear is paramount. As viewers of the recent series will have seen, Freddie is often keen to get ”off the beaten track.”
‘Tuesday’s filming at Elvington Airfield was no exception – but he suffered no injuries as a result of his spontaneous detour, as fans will see for themselves when we show the sequence in full in the next series.
Freddie took over as the host of Top Gear earlier this year, alongside Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris, and the trio have been well-received by die hard fans of the show.
That was close! Freddie seemed to be in high spirits as he larked about on the trike during filming
Whizzing along: The sporting star rode along the track with ease, but accidentally careered off before coming to a stop on the grass nearby
Happy: Earlier in the day Freddie was in high spirits as he chatted to co-hosts Chris Harris (left) and Paddy McGuinness
Let’s go! The presenting trio were preparing for another dramatic race at the Airfield in York
Dramatic: The crash comes after Richard Hammond was left in a coma after a serious crash on the same track during filming for Top Gear in September 2006 (above)
Explosive: The presenter (above on The Grand Tour) revealed he suffered memory loss and was left in a coma for two weeks after the crash
The crash comes after Richard Hammond, 49, was left in a coma after a serious crash on the same track during filming in September 2006.
The presenter crashed a jet-powered Vampire dragster vehicle while travelling at 288mph, and spent five weeks in hospital recovering from his injuries.
Earlier this year Richard also revealed that he suffered from post-traumatic amnesia and memory loss that was so severe he didn’t even recognise his wife Mindy.
Mindy told The Telegraph: ‘It was disconcerting when, early after the crash, Richard looked at me from his hospital bed and said, ”You’re lovely, but you’re not my wife”.
‘When I corrected him, he responded, ”No, you’re not my wife, my wife is French”. Indeed, when he was allowed home five weeks later, it became clear that Richard’s memory loss was no short-term affliction.’
New face: Freddie has taken over as the host of Top Gear this series alongside Paddy McGuinness (seen above) and Chris Harris
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