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Explorer Ranulph Fiennes left dazed and bloodied after crash

Police have appealed for witnesses to a three-car crash in which adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes apparently swerved into the opposite carriageway.

Sir Ranulph, the oldest Briton to reach the summit of Mount Everest, was left “dazed” and bloodied following the collision in Stockport, Greater Manchester, on Saturday afternoon.

His Jaguar hit a Nissan Micra travelling in the opposite direction on the A6, then struck a Ford Focus car before it mounted a pavement and came to a halt near the front window of an Italian restaurant.

Sir Ranulph, who turned 66 yesterday, was uninjured but was taken to hospital for treatment.

The male driver of the Nissan suffered leg injuries which were not thought to be life-threatening.

A five-year-old child in the vehicle was also injured but their condition was not believed to be serious.

Police sources said one possible line of inquiry in the accident investigation was that Sir Ranulph may have fallen asleep at the wheel. No arrests were made.

The Polar explorer had entered to take part in the gruelling 42-mile High Peak Marathon in Derbyshire the night before.

Teams of four test their fitness, endurance and navigational skills through the night as they tackle terrain which is mostly made up of pathless peat bog.

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