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Fiennes fell asleep before crash

Explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes momentarily fell asleep at the wheel of his car and crashed into a vehicle on the opposite side of the road, a court has heard.

He was left dazed and bloodied by the head-on collision in Stockport, Greater Manchester, but the other motorist was in intensive care for a month with numerous injuries.

The Polar explorer had earlier competed in the 42-mile High Peak Marathon in Derbyshire on the day of the incident in March.

Appearing at Stockport Magistrates Court, Sir Ranulph, 66, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention.

He was fined £1,000 and received four penalty points on his licence.

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