Rowan Atkinson hospitalised after motorway mishap

Friday August 5, 2011

Rowan Atkinson is expected to be discharged from hospital after a road accident.

A spokesman for Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals said the actor was in a stable condition after being admitted last night.

It has not been confirmed when he will be ready to leave the hospital's care.

The Mr Bean star is believed to have suffered a shoulder injury after his high-performance car crashed on the A605 in Haddon, Cambridgeshire.

He was reportedly driving a McLaren F1 supercar when it spun around several times, ran into a tree and a lamppost and caught fire.

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

A spokesman for the star has not yet commented on the incident.

This was not his first motorway mishap – his vintage Jaguar also caught fire in 2009.

He's also had accidents in his £100,000 Aston Martin V8 Zagato and in his £625,000 McLaren F1.

The 56-year-old 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.

But his racing background did nothing to quell his nerves before taking on the challenge, he admitted.

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