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BBC axes Top Gear series after Freddie Flintoff hurt in accident

BBC axes Top Gear series after Freddie Flintoff hurt in accident

The BBC has axed the latest series of Top Gear after presenter Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff was hurt during filming.

The star, 45, was injured in December at the long-running car show’s test track at Dunsfold Park Aerodrome in Surrey.

BBCFreddie Flintoff fronts Top Gear with Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris[/caption]

The BBC said it would be ‘inappropriate’ to keep making the 34th seriesBBC

Flintoff and a crew member were badly injured as the Morgan Super 3 – which has a top speed of 130mph – flipped in December.

The Ashes hero suffered serious facial injuries and broken ribs.

Following an investigation, the BBC has apologised to him and said the present series would not continue.

A spokesperson said: “Under the circumstances, we feel it would be inappropriate to resume making series 34.

“We understand this will be disappointing for fans, but it is the right thing to do, and we’ll make a judgment about how best to continue later this year.

“This has also impacted the production team, who we continue to support. Finally there will be a health and safety review of the show, in line with our procedures.”

The former England cricketer was given medical care before being taken to hospital for further treatment.

In a statement, the BBC said: “We have sincerely apologised to Freddie and will continue to support him with his recovery.”

The Sun revealed this month that the vehicle he was driving was not fitted with air bags.

Freddie, who has suspended all work as he recovers, was driving an open-topped three-wheel classic-look sports car.

BBCAndrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff’s vehicle was not fitted with air bags[/caption]

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