Belfast Telegraph

Actor Atkinson 'in F1 car crash'

Rowan Atkinson has left hospital in a wheelchair after crashing his high-performance sports car.

The actor is believed to have suffered a shoulder injury after the accident on the A605 in Haddon, Cambridgeshire.

The 56-year-old Blackadder and Mr Bean star was driving his McLaren F1 supercar when it spun around several times, ran into a tree and a lamppost and caught fire, according to reports.

Rowan is said to have walked from the vehicle and was with a passing motorist until emergency services arrived.

He left Peterborough City Hospital via a back door flanked by four security guards at about 3pm on Friday, but did not comment.

Security escorting the actor, who was in a wheelchair, tussled with a cameraman as he left in a Harley Street private ambulance.

Rowan, known to be a car enthusiast, recently topped the leader's board on Top Gear's Star in a Reasonably Priced Car contest. He told presenter Jeremy Clarkson he was keen on racing and was currently driving a 1964 Ford Falcon.

Rowan is best known for his work on Not The Nine O'Clock News, Blackadder and Mr Bean, in which his hapless character drives an old Mini.

A spokesman for his management confirmed that the star had been involved in an accident but said he would not be commenting at this stage.

A Cambridgeshire Police spokeswoman confirmed Rowan was routinely breathalysed at the scene and added that criminal charges were not being considered.

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