Andrew Flintoff, known as “Freddie,” was injured in a high-speed collision while filming the new series of Top Gear.
Former England cricket captain and broadcaster, he was participating in a shoot at Dunsfold Park Aerodrome in Surrey. This aerodrome has been featured in the BBC show every Tuesday since 2002.
Flintoff, 45, was transported to the hospital via air ambulance. According to the Sun, Flintoff’s injuries “are not life-threatening,” which is what first reported the story. It said that filming was delayed.
A spokesperson for BBC said that Freddie was hurt in an accident at Top Gear’s test track. Crew medics were on the scene within minutes.
“He was taken to the hospital for further treatment. We will confirm more details as soon as possible.”
Presenters of the show have been in serious crashes while filming. Richard Hammond was a regular on the car program in the 2000s and the early 2010s. In 2006, a dragster he was driving spun at 288mph while he was at York’s Elvington airport.
Hammond later went into a coma and was left with brain damage. He was able to return to television and is now part of The Grand Tour, Amazon Prime’s original Top Gear team members Jeremy Clarkson & James May.
Flintoff has been involved in high-speed accidents since his debut as a co-presenter in 2019. Flintoff lost control of the Time Bandit motorized trike in 2019 while racing at 124mph with his co-hosts Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness.
He said, “I go to great lengths to ensure I do well in Top Gear Drag races, but this time I went a little too far!” When you see it on television, it will seem more absurd than dangerous.
In 2015, the former all-rounder retired as a cricketer and resumed his TV career on Sky One’s A League of Their Own five year earlier.
The 2005 Ashes champion has presented documentaries, including Freddie Flintoff’s Field of Dreams, which he returned home to Preston in an attempt to understand why cricket wasn’t capturing the imagination of the pupils of the Lancashire school.