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Subject: Rowan Atkinson crashes McLaren F1 supercar into tree

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/07/11 at 5:10 am

Actor Rowan Atkinson was hurt when he crashed his McLaren F1 supercar into a tree in Cambridgeshire.

The Blackadder and Mr Bean star suffered a shoulder injury in the accident, near Peterborough.

He is said to have walked from the car, which caught fire, after the crash on the A605 at Haddon on Thursday evening and waited for an ambulance.

Atkinson, 56, was admitted to Peterborough City Hospital and discharged on Friday afternoon.

A spokeswoman for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "Crews brought the fire under control by 8.13pm. They made the vehicle safe and used one hose reel to put out the fire.

"There was one casualty but he was not trapped."

East of England Ambulance Service said a man had been taken to Peterborough City Hospital with "a minor shoulder injury" following the crash.

Atkinson, known to be a car enthusiast, recently topped the leader's board on BBC 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.

The star notched up the fastest time on the show, broadcast on 17 July, completing the circuit in a Kia Cee'd in 1 minute 42.2 seconds.

Atkinson achieved fame through BBC shows Not The Nine O'Clock News and Blackadder, before gaining international recognition in Mr Bean, in which his hapless character drives an old Mini.

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