Rowan Atkinson 'lucky to be alive'

MATT CAMPBELL
Last updated 14:59 05/08/2011
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BLACK MARK: Rowan Atkinson is reportedly lucky to be alive after crashing his McLaren F1 supercar.

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Top Gear's fastest celebrity in a reasonably priced car has just crashed a very expensive one.

According to UK news sites, Rowan Atkinson crashed his £650,000 (NZ$1.26 million) McLaren supercar after he reportedly lost control and spun off the road before crashing into a tree and a lamp-post. The car is said to have caught alight following the accident.

The 56-year-old is reported to have freed himself from the wreckage, with a fellow motorist comforting the Mr Bean actor before paramedics arrived at the scene.

According to a spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service, Atkinson was taken to hospital with "minor injuries".

One witness is quoted as saying: "Rowan is lucky to be alive".

The Sun quotes a witness as saying: "It's a miracle that he managed to walk away from the crash. He's a very lucky man. The car was a wreck, really badly damaged. Rowan must be absolutely gutted."

It is widely reported that Atkinson purchased the rare supercar to celebrate the success of the Mr Bean film franchise.

It's not the first time Atkinson has bingled the McLaren F1 supercar. The actor reportedly rear-ended a Rover Metro in October 1999.

Two weeks ago, Atkinson set the fastest time ever recorded on Top Gear UK's "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car" segment.

Atkinson is a renowned car enthusiast, and has written for a number specialist car magazines

He's best known for his work on Mr Bean and for being the star of the comedy series Black Adder.

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- Sydney Morning Herald

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