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George Michael was airlifted to hospital with a head injury following a motorway accident on Thursday

George Michael was airlifted to hospital with a head injury following a motorway accident on Thursday

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George Michael was airlifted to hospital with a head injury following a motorway accident on Thursday

Injured singer George Michael fell from his vehicle on to the carriageway of the M1 motorway, an eyewitness has claimed.

The star was airlifted to hospital with a head injury following the accident on Thursday, although his publicist Connie Filipello passed his injuries off as "superficial cuts and bruises".

But another driver who was behind the 49-year-old singer's vehicle has told The Sun she saw him lying on the road surface smeared with blood.

Katherine Fox, 23, said he was wearing a ripped tracksuit and his trainers had come off when she saw him. She stopped her mini to provide protection by preventing other cars from hitting him.

Fox said she had been told the former Wham! star had tried to adjust his door because it was not properly closed and had fallen out.

Describing his appearance she told the paper: "There was a nasty cut on his forehead and the back of his head. There was blood all down his face and on his teeth. He was breathing and conscious but in shock."

The singer was close to death only 18 months ago after being struck down with pneumonia in Vienna, but he fought back to perform again. His motorway accident took place close to junction 6a on the northbound carriageway of the M1 in Hertfordshire, close to where the motorway meets the M25.

Michael, whose hits include Faith and Freedom, was treated at the scene and then taken to hospital by air ambulance.

A spokeswoman for the singer insisted that he was "fine" although he continued to be kept in hospital for observation.

She said: "He's still in hospital but this is standard practice to keep an eye on him. He has a couple of bumps and grazes and cuts to the head, but he's making good progress and looking forward to getting out."