Cricket legend and High Gear host Andrew Flintoff was airlifted to hospital following a terrifying automobile crash throughout filming within the UK.
The 45-year-old was on Tuesday taking pictures an episode for the hit BBC sequence at Dunsfold Park Aerodrome in Surrey earlier than the shock smash.
The Ashes legend was injured as cameras had been rolling to seize his opinion of the automobile for the present’s assessment phase.
These near the dad-of-four mentioned his accidents had been “not life-threatening”, regardless of his worrying hospital sprint.
Flintoff has grow to be a preferred determine on Aussie TV following cameos on Community 10’s I’m A Superstar Get Me Out Of Right here and the 2020 sequence of Australian Ninja Warrior. He was additionally a preferred commentator as he completed his cricketing profession enjoying within the Huge Bash League.
The Solar experiences he was behind the wheel filming when the incident occurred, seeing on-site medics on the venue rush to his support.
His co-star Chris Harris — who presents the present alongside the previous cricketer and Paddy McGuiness — was additionally on the High Gear take a look at monitor.
A supply advised The Solar: “Freddie is in hospital after a crash on High Gear.
“He was driving on the monitor as regular. He wasn’t going at excessive speeds – it was simply an accident that might occur to anybody.
“All the same old well being and security measures had been in place for filming too.
“Freddie was taken to hospital by air ambulance shortly afterwards.
“His accidents will not be life-threatening and he’s receiving remedy.
“Filming has been postponed for now and all anybody cares about is Freddie recovering.”
A spokesman for the BBC confirmed the host had been injured within the crash and was taken to hospital for additional remedy.
The cricketer’s smash is the most recent setback for the “cursed” present, following his slim escape after a horror 124mph crash in 2019.
He was heard fearfully yelling, “I can’t cease,” as he hurtled head-first down a runway simply inches off the bottom in a three-wheeled cycle automobile.
He had been racing his co-hosts when he realised he was operating out of street and about to overshoot the end line — seeing him spin off in a cloud of mud.
Sources claimed the trio had been initially meant to compete alongside a mile monitor however bosses prolonged it to 1.4 miles in a bid to get larger speeds.
Freddie miraculously walked away from the “near-death” crash unscathed, insisting he was “completely high-quality.”
He mentioned on the time: “I’m going to nice lengths to verify I do properly in High Gear drag races however, on this event, I went just a few lengths too far.
“It can look extra ridiculous than harmful while you see it on TV.”
The 2019 accident occurred on the Elvington airfield in York – the identical place High Gear legend Richard Hammond crashed in 2006 when he span off in a high-powered supercar at 288mph.
The tv star, nicknamed Hamster, was left in a coma following the high-speed smash within the jet-powered Vampire dragster.
Its proper tyre blew as Hammond tried to set a brand new velocity report on the RAF base.
The dad-of-two later revealed he had skilled despair, paranoia and reminiscence loss because of mind harm suffered within the smash.
In style all-rounder Freddie took 226 Check wickets for England and scored 3,845 runs in a glittering cricketing profession.
He was additionally ‘man of the sequence’ within the memorable 2005 Ashes victory over Australia.
The A League Of Their Personal host – married to Rachael Wools – retired in 2009 and staged one skilled boxing struggle three years later earlier than transferring into TV.
After starring in I’m A Superstar in 2015 he was introduced as the brand new host of High Gear alongside Paddy, 49, and Chris, 47, in 2018.
The trio had been a direct hit with viewers and the present moved from BBC Two to a primetime slot on BBC One after 18 years in 2020.
A spokesman for the BBC advised The Solar: “Freddie was injured in an accident on the High Gear take a look at monitor this morning – with crew medics attending the scene instantly.
“He has been taken to hospital for additional remedy and we are going to verify extra particulars in the end.”
— This story initially appeared on thesun.co.uk and has been republished with permission