NEWS Andrew Flintoff ‘recovering’ after Top Gear accident, says Piers Morgan

Andrew Flintoff 'recovering' after Top Gear accident, says Piers Morgan

Andrew Flintoff involved in an accident (Steve Parsons/PA) (PA File)

Andrew Flintoff is ‘recovering’ from an accident while filming for Top Gear, says his friend and fellow broadcaster Piers Morgan .

Flintoff was injured in an accident on the project’s test track at Dunsford Airport in Surrey on Tuesday morning and the BBC confirmed he had been taken to hospital for treatment.

The 45-year-old has built a successful TV career since retiring and started hosting car shows in 2019.

Piers Morgan, a friend of Flintoff’s, said he had been in touch with the family and expressed optimism.

“I was told it was a very serious crash and that Freddie would be fine, but it was probably a little bit more serious than first realized,” he told talkSPORT.

“I’ve been told he’s going to be fine, which is good news, but I’ve also been told it was a really bad blast, he’s had surgery and is recovering, we’ll have to wait and see.

“I’ve been in touch with them privately, but I just want to wish him and his family, his wife Rachel the best and I think we’re all praying for the big man to get through this.”

England are in their team room and they are a little concerned. Hope Freddie is okay. He is a larger than life figure.

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While many now know Flintoff for his television work, he’s still most impressive for his time as an all-rounder, especially during a memorable Ashes victory in 2005.

He went on to lead his country with 79 Test caps and 148 international caps.

One of his former England captains, Nasser Hussein, was commenting on the ongoing trip to Pakistan and reported that Ben Stokes’ team had been considering Flintoff after hearing the news.

He told Sky Sports News: “We’ve been following this and trying to get in touch with Freddy’s agent and people close to Freddy.

“England are in their team room and they are a bit concerned. Pray that Freddie is okay. He is a larger than life figure. Hopefully good news will follow.”

A Top Gear spokesperson confirmed the incident was being investigated but stressed that proper precautions had been taken.

A statement issued Wednesday night read: “Our utmost concern is the well-being of Freddie and the Top Gear team. All health and safety procedures were followed at the scene and a full investigation of the incident is currently underway in accordance with standard policy and practice. “

Earlier, the health and safety executive said it was investigating the matter.

“The HSE is aware of the incident and is investigating,” a spokesman said.

The HSE is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions. It is procedure for the BBC to report incidents to the HSE and investigate.

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