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Rowan Atkinson’s horror crash in 240mph car

The A605 near Peterborough as Rowan Atkinson's McLaren F1 vehicle is taken from the scene. Picture: Paul Franks/Peterborough ET

The A605 near Peterborough as Rowan Atkinson's McLaren F1 vehicle is taken from the scene. Picture: Paul Franks/Peterborough ET

ACTOR Rowan Atkinson was recovering on Friday night after walking free from a horror smash in his McLaren F1 near Peterborough.

The Mr Bean and Blackadder star, who lives near Oundle, spun the 240mph supercar on the A605 near Haddon, smashing into a signpost before hitting a tree on Thursday evening (4 August).

He managed to escape the vehicle, which then burst into flames.

Police, fire and ambulance services were rushed to the scene to battle the blaze and attend to the comedy legend’s injuries.

Mr Atkinson was transferred to Peterborough City Hospital suffering “serious but not life threatening injuries”, according to a police spokesman.

The actor, who is thought to have fractured his collar bone in the incident, spent the night at the hospital and was discharged at about 2.30pm yesterday, exiting through a side door to escape a media scrum at the front.

Agent Peter Bennett-Jones yesterday revealed Mr Atkinson was driving home after working on his latest film “Johnny English Reborn”.

Mr Bennett-Jones said: “He suffered a painful shoulder injury. I think he was in pain and had some painkillers and stayed in hospital because obviously he didn’t have a car to get home. It is nothing more serious than that.

“I spoke to the hospital and they said he was kept in overnight in observation and his shoulder was in pain.

“Rowan has been finishing off the editing of his latest Johnny English film and probably on the way back home, as he only lives round the corner in Northamptonshire.

“He will be very rattled by the whole thing and I think he’ll want to keep as low a profile as possible.”

Following the incident Mr Atkinson was subjected to a breath test by the police and officers visited him later to discuss the accident.

But a police spokeswoman said: “It is routine to speak with drivers after any crash. That’s the case here too, as is a breathalyser test.

“Officers have completed their investigation and no further action will be taken.”

The actor is a well-known car fan and recently appeared on BBC One’s Top Gear, where he posted the fastest time in the show’s “Star in a Reasonably Priced Car” segment.

It’s not the first time Mr Atkinson has crashed the super-car.

In 1999 he was involved in a collision with a Rover Metro in Lancashire, not long after he bought the vehicle.

The McLaren F1 remains one of the fastest road cars in the world, despite being designed in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

It was only in production between 1993 and 1998 with 64 models built.

It originally came with a half-million pound price tag but in October 2008, a delivery mileage McLaren F1 was sold at auction for £2.53 million.

Mr Atkinson’s car was returned to his home following the accident and, although pictures show severe damage to the rear of the vehicle, McLaren engineers will assess the damage next week.

His agent Mr Bennett-Jones added: “I have no idea if the car has been written off. It’s been removed and I’m sure he won’t want it to be written off.

“It has been taken back to his home and I’m sure he will want to get it repaired straight away.

A spokesman for McLaren said: “We are discussing with his team about bringing it back to assess the damage and look at repairing it.

“It has a carbon-fibre chassis which is more repairable than normal cars.”

 

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