Andrew Flintoff, the former England cricket captain, was airlifted to a hospital after he was involved in a car accident on the sets of Top Gear. Latest reports suggest that the 45-year-old’s injuries are “not life-threatening”.

Flintoff, who retired after the 2014-15 Big Bash League came to a conclusion, has been one of the co-hosts of the British version of the automobile TV show, Top Gear, since 2019.

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The Sun quoted a source present at the scene: “All the usual health and safety measures were in place for filming too,” also adding, “Freddie was taken to hospital by air ambulance shortly afterwards. Filming has been postponed for now and all anyone cares about is Freddie recovering.”

This is not the first time Flintoff has been injured while filming for the series. Earlier in 2019, he was injured twice, once in February when he crashed into a Mansfield market stall, and on another occasion in September. Regarding the September crash, Flintoff later said, “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.”

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“Freddie was injured in an accident at the Top Gear test track this morning — with crew medics attending the scene immediately,” the BBC said in a statement. “He has been taken to hospital for further treatment and we will confirm more details in due course.”

Flintoff, who played 79 tests and 141 limited-overs internationals, retired from international cricket in 2009. He was the 2005 Ashes player of the series.