Paddy McGuinness gives update on Top Gear co-star Freddie Flintoff
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Paddy McGuinness has shared an update on his Top Gear co-star Freddie Flintoff, who was hospitalised after being involved in a car crash while filming.
Flintoff, 45, was shooting for the BBC series at Dunsfold Park Aerodrome in Surrey on Tuesday 13 December when the accident happened, and had to be airlifted to hospital.
A BBC spokesperson told LADbible: "Freddie was injured in an accident at the Top Gear test track this morning - with crew medics attending the scene immediately.
"He has been taken to hospital for further treatment and we will confirm more details in due course."
The former cricketer’s 16-year-old son Corey later said his dad was doing well, but that the incident had come as a huge shock to the family.
He told the Daily Mail: “He's OK. I'm not too sure what happened but he is lucky to be alive.
“It was a pretty nasty crash. It is shocking. We are all shocked but just hope he's going to be OK.”
Now Flintoff’s co-presenter Paddy McGuinness has spoken out about the accident, having posted a series of photos of the pair on Instagram.
“Had so many well wishes and positivity for the big lad this last few days,” he wrote.
“@aflintoff11 is loved and will be up and at um before you know it! The three of us are back this Sunday with more new @topgear including a trip to Italy, best family cars and our very own postal service!”
He added of the snaps: “Obviously we filmed this ep earlier in the year. #topgear.”
Flintoff, whose real name is Andrew, had suffered another Top Gear-related injury three years ago.
His jet trike 'careered off the road' at the Elvington Airfield near York when he was riding at speeds of up to 125mph.
Thankfully, however, he wasn’t seriously injured – telling the Daily Mail at the time: "I'm absolutely fine and was back filming today.
"I go to great lengths to make sure I do well in Top Gear drag races but on this occasion I went a few lengths too far.
"It will look more ridiculous than dangerous when you see it on TV."
The team at Top Gear also insisted they had all the safety systems possible in place.
"The health and safety of our presenters and crew on Top Gear is paramount," the statement said.
"As viewers of the recent series will have seen, Freddie is often keen to get ''off the beaten track'.
"Tuesday’s filming at Elvington Airfield was no exception - but he suffered no injuries as a result of his spontaneous detour, as fans will see for themselves when we show the sequence in full in the next series."
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