Top Gear has stressed “all health and safety procedures” were followed ahead of host Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff’s injury during filming and confirmed the incident is being “fully investigated”.

The presenter, 45, was taken to hospital to receive medical treatment on Tuesday morning after being involved in an accident while shooting for the motoring show.

The incident happened while the former professional cricketer was at the Top Gear test track at Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey.

A spokesman for the show said: “Our primary concern is and has been for the welfare of Freddie – as well as the Top Gear team.

“All health and safety procedures were followed on site and the incident is now being fully investigated, in line with standard policy and practice.”’

A BBC spokesperson said: “Freddie was injured in an accident at the Top Gear test track this morning – with crew medics attending the scene immediately.

“He has been taken to hospital for further treatment and we will confirm more details in due course.”

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said it was “aware” of the incident and “making inquiries”.

The HSE is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions.

It is procedure for the BBC to report the incident to the HSE and for inquiries to be made.

Tuesday’s accident is not the first faced by Flintoff since he began working on the programme.

In February 2019 the presenter was involved in a minor incident when he crashed into a market stall in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.

In September of the same year he crashed again while driving a three-wheel vehicle at a reported speed of 124mph during filming for Top Gear at Elvington Airfield in Yorkshire, but walked away from the incident unharmed.


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