Freddie Flintoff purportedly endured a painful wait of 45 minutes subsequent to his vehicular mishap while filming the renowned television program, Top Gear. The 45-year-old former cricket player and TV host was swiftly transport via helicopter to the hospital in December of last year after encountering an accident during the production of the BBC motoring series. The incident occurred when Flintoff was operating a high-speed open-topped three-wheel Morgan Super 3. Which purportedly overturned and glided along the track. As a consequence of the crash, he sustained a fractured rib along with injuries to his facial area and jaw.
A recent report in The Sun asserts that the car Flintoff was driving lacked an airbag, raising concerns about safety measures. Furthermore, it is alleged that the medical personnel initially faced difficulties in locating a stretcher for the presenter. According to a source affiliated with the production. Crew members expressed dissatisfaction with the perceived lack of adequate precautions implemented prior to the commencement of the stunt.
In the aftermath of the collision, the BBC conducted a comprehensive health and safety investigation. Although the investigation has concluded, the broadcaster has yet to disclose the complete findings to the public. Filming for Top Gear was abruptly halt, leaving the future of the long-standing series in uncertainty. Even if the show were to proceed, reports suggest that Flintoff is unlikely to resume his role as a presenter.
A representative from the BBC informed The Independent, “In March, we concluded our investigation into the unfortunate accident involving presenter Freddie Flintoff at the Top Gear Test Track in Surrey. We have sincerely apologized to Freddie and continue to offer our support throughout his recovery. A health and safety review of the show is currently underway, adhering to our established procedures.” The broadcaster declined to provide any comments regarding speculation surrounding the accident.
Following the crash, Flintoff’s 16-year-old son Corey expressed gratitude for his father’s survival, stating that he considers him exceptionally fortunate. It is worth noting that Flintoff had previously experienced a car accident shortly after joining the Top Gear team in 2019, narrowly escaping severe harm. Addressing the incident at the time, he stated, “I’m completely unharm and return to filming today. While I make great efforts to excel in Top Gear drag races, on this occasion. I went a few steps too far!”