Inside Top Gear 'curse' – Freddie Flintoff's accident to star who cheated death and Jeremy Clarkson’s agonising injury | The Sun
WITH fast cars, dramatic races and epic stunts, it's no wonder Top Gear is one of the most popular shows on TV.
But its high adrenaline stunts have at times had terrifying repercussions for its presenters.
This week host Freddie Flintoff was airlifted to hospital following a terrifying car crash while shooting an episode for the hit BBC series – also hosted by Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris – at Dunsfold Park Aerodrome.
Thankfully a source revealed the 45-year-old former England cricketer's injuries are not life-threatening, and he is receiving treatment.
His son Corey said today the family was in shock and Freddie was "lucky to be alive", adding: "It was a pretty nasty crash. It is shocking. We are all shocked but just hope he's going to be OK."
It's not the first time the show's antics have caused concern; here we take a look at some of the mishaps and controversies to blight Top Gear over the years…
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124mph horror smash
This week's horrifying smash isn't the first dad-of-four Freddie has been involved in.
In 2019, he had a lucky escape after crashing a three-wheeled cycle-car at 124mph – on the same track where former host Richard Hammond nearly died.
A clip showing how the terrifying accident unfolded at York’s Elvington Airfield sees host Freddie shout "I can't stop!" while hurtling down a runway head-first, inches off the ground, lying on his front.
Thankfully the ex-cricketer, whose real name is Andrew, was helped to his feet before being checked over by on-site medics, and declared he was miraculously "absolutely fine".