FREDDIE Flintoff has been injured while a filming a race for Top Gear yesterday – on the track where former presenter Richard Hammond also dodged death.
The 41-year-old cricket legend is not thought to have been seriously injured in the 124mph smash at RAF Elvington.
The near-fatal crash in 2006 when Richard Hammond lost control of a jet car while filming for Top Gear[/caption]
Hammond was left in a coma for two weeks in 2006 after crashing a jet-propelled car at the same racetrack Flintoff crashed at on Tuesday.
Its right tyre blew as he tried to set a speed record at 288mph at the RAF base near York.
He was airlifted to hospital in Leeds and the dad-of-two later revealed he experienced depression, paranoia and memory loss due to brain damage suffered.
Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff is an England cricket hero, having been instrumental in the 2005 Ashes victory over Australia.
After retiring from the sport he was brought in to host Top Gear after Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May left, and a new team of presenters also stepped down.
On October 22, 2018, it was revealed Paddy McGuinness and Flintoff would replace Matt LeBlanc.
They are joined as presenters by current host Chris Harris, and have become firm fan favourites.
In another Top Gear stunt, Flintoff revealed he thought he had killed McGuinness when he crashed a hearse.
He lost control of the 1995 Daimler, with the vehicle flipping as he raced around a tight bend in Wales.
The star said to Top Gear Magazine: “I had genuine panic for 10 seconds.
“It’s one thing hurting yourself but you don’t want to hurt anyone else.”
Hammond was also airlifted to hospital in June 2017 after cheating death in another horror crash.
The “Hamster” was driving a £2million supercar in Switzerland when he lost control before it flipped over and burst into flames.
The presenter was treated in hospital with serious injuries – the worst of which was a fractured knee, which required an operation.
Hammond revealed he thought he was going to die during the smash, describing the experience as like being “inside a tumble dryer full of bricks”.
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Flintoff joined Sky One sports comedy panel show A League of Their Own as a team captain in 2010.
In February 2018, it was announced Flintoff, grime MC Lethal Bizzle and Capital FM presenter Vick Hope would present new Sky One show Carnage, which launched on May 6.
He married Rachael Wools Flintoff on March 5, 2005, at the Pavilion Road Hotel in Knightsbridge, London.
The couple have three children together, a daughter, Holly, 13, and two sons, Corey, 12, and Rocky, 10.
Freddie Flintoff filming A League of Their Own, driving a rally car[/caption]
The current presenters of Top Gear – Flintoff, Paddy McGuiness and Chris Harris[/caption]
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