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Nottingham Post
James Rodger & Lana Adkin

Freddie Flintoff health update issued after Top Gear horror crash

An update on Freddie Flintoff’s health has been issued following the Top Gear star’s crash while filming the BBC programme. The Beeb has confirmed the show has been shelved after Freddie’s horror accident.

As reported in Birmingham Live, a source told The Sun: "The BBC has been keen to keep a lid on the extent of Freddie’s injuries for obvious reasons. The accident itself was far worse than anyone really realises — it’s hard to put into words, really; what he went through is simply unimaginable.

"But essentially the car turned over at speed, and Freddie — who also broke some ribs — understandably is traumatised by the whole thing. He’s been incredibly brave and stoical, and thankfully is getting stronger.

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BBC chief content officer Charlotte Moore previously said: "My priority at the moment is supporting Freddie through his recovery so I think it would be really inappropriate for us to resume filming now." She added: “I think we’ve got to talk about what Freddie wants to do.”

The BBC conducted a health and safety probe in the wake of the crash, which left Flintoff injured. “BBC Studios has concluded its investigation into the accident at the Top Gear Test Track in Surrey last December, which regrettably injured presenter Freddie Flintoff. We have sincerely apologised to Freddie and will continue to support him with his recovery. Under the circumstances, we feel it would be inappropriate to resume making series 34 of Top Gear at this time," it said.

The corporation added: "We understand this will be disappointing for fans, but it is the right thing to do, and we’ll make a judgement about how best to continue later this year. This has also impacted the production team, who we continue to support. Finally, there will be a health and safety review of the show, in line with our procedures."


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