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Rebecca Cook

Freddie Flintoff airlifted to hospital after crash while filming Top Gear

Freddie Flintoff has been airlifted to hospital after suffering a 'terrifying' crash while filming an episode of the BBC show Top Gear.

The 45-year-old former England cricketer is said to have been shooting an episode for the hit BBC series at Dunsfold Park Aerodrome before the incident.

Freddie was injured as he told the BBC cameras his opinion of the car for the show's review segment, however sources have claimed his injuries were "not life-threatening".

His co-star Chris Harris - who presents the show alongside the former cricketer and Paddy McGuiness - was also at the Top Gear test track.

Freddie was reportedly injured as he told the BBC cameras his opinion of the car (BBC Studios/Alexander Rhind)

A source told The Sun : "Freddie is in hospital after a crash on Top Gear. He was driving on the track as normal. He wasn't going at high speeds - it was just an accident that could happen to anyone.

"All the usual health and safety measures were in place for filming too. Freddie was taken to hospital by air ambulance shortly afterwards.

"His injuries are not life-threatening and he is receiving treatment. Filming has been postponed for now and all anyone cares about is Freddie recovering."

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

His co-star Chris Harris was also at the Top Gear test track. (BBC Studios/Jeff Spicer)

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

Paddy, Chris and Freddie are currently filming the latest series of the BBC One show ahead of its return to screens.

This comes after co-host Paddy hit the headlines after he was ticked off by the Beeb for breaking editorial guidelines with an ad campaign for clothes.

The TV favourite stated he was “test driving” outfits from outdoor range RevolutionRace in an Instagram post.

Paddy is one of the new hosts of Top Gear (BBC Studios/Vincent Dolman)

McGuinness, 48, has been ordered to change the wording of the promotion as it was deemed to cash in on the motoring show’s brand.

A BBC spokesperson said: “The words ‘test driving’ have now been removed to bring it into line with the editorial guidelines.”

A source says that no further action will be taken against McGuinness and it will not affect his presenting duties on the BBC motoring show.

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