BBC scraps latest Top Gear series after investigation into Flintoff accident

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The BBC will not continue filming its latest Top Gear series after an investigation into an accident that injured presenter Andrew Flintoff.

In a statement, BBC Studios apologised to the former cricketer following its investigation into the incident in Surrey in December.

It said it would “continue to support” Flintoff with his recovery.

“Under the circumstances, we feel it would be inappropriate to resume making series 34 of Top Gear at this time,” the statement continued.

“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.”

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Flintoff, 45, was taken to hospital after the crash at show’s famous test track at Dunsfold Aerodrome on 13 December.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said at the time that it was “making inquiries” following the incident.

The Sun reported that Flintoff was behind the wheel when the crash happened and was airlifted to hospital. A source told the paper his injuries were not life threatening.

Flintoff has hosted the show alongside Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness since 2019.

Former presenter Richard Hammond was involved in a life-threatening crash while filming for Top Gear in 2006.

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