Andrew Flintoff survives 124mph Top Gear crash on same race track where Richard Hammond nearly died

Ex-England cricket star Andrew Flintoff said he is 'absolutely fine' after surviving a 124mph crash whilst filming Top Gear.

Thursday, 12th September 2019, 8:21 am
Updated Thursday, 12th September 2019, 9:21 am
Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff had been racing alongside fellow Top Gear hosts Chris Harris and Paddy McGuiness when he veered off a runway in York at 124mph

The Top Gear host, from Preston, crashed whilst racing against hosts Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris in a three-wheel cycle-car.

The incident happened on the same track where Richard Hammond had a near-fatal accident in 2006.

Flintoff, 41, had reportedly reached speeds of up to 124mph when he veered off the runway at Elvington Airfield, near York.

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Medics rushed over to the former England cricketer, but the sportsman had escaped unscathed, according to the Mirror.

Flintoff told the paper: "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".

He did not need medication attention and resumed filming the following day.

A Top Gear spokesman said the safety of the show's presenters is top priority.

Flintoff hosts Top Gear alongside Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris.

The trio have been well-received by fans of the show, which had experienced a frequently changing line-up since the departures of Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May in 2015.

Hammond infamously experienced a near-fatal accident at the airfield near York where Flintoff was filming.

Hammond was at the wheel of a jet-powered Vampire dragster in September 2006 when it crashed while travelling at 288mph.