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Sunday 19th January 2020

Freddie Flintoff in an accident on same track that put Richard Hammond in a coma

Luckily he's ok...

Top Gear's Freddie Flintoff has been involved in a high-speed smash on the same track on Elvington Airfield that put Richard Hammond in a coma for two weeks.

The 41-year-old cricket ace had a narrow escape after he careered his high speed trike off the road near York while he filmed a stunt for the BBC motoring show.

Freddie had the accident when he filmed a stunt for the BBC motoring show (Credit: Cover Images)

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He told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "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."

A spokesperson for the show confirmed that the flame-haired hunk suffered no injuries and that the "sequence" will be shown in full in the next series of the show.

I'm absolutely fine and was back filming.
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They said in a statement: "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."

However, it could've been a lot worse as 13 years prior to his crash, former Top Gear host Richard was airlifted to hospital with serious head injuries as a result of an accident on the same track while filming a segment for the programme.

The 49-year-old presenter - who now presents The Grand Tour - spent five weeks in hospital and suffered post-traumatic amnesia and memory loss.

Richard Hammond was a presenter on Top Gear from 2002-2015 (Credit: Cover Images )

His wife Mindy said recently of the incident in 2006: "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."

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