Freddie Flintoff’s fateful ‘final words’ before horror Top Gear crash revealed amid fears BBC show may never return

FREDDIE Flintoff’s fateful “last words” before his crash in horror show Top Gear have been revealed.

The England cricket legend, 45, suffered serious facial injuries and broken ribs in a 130km/h crash while filming the popular show in December last year.


Sources reveal Freddie Flintoff’s ‘last words’ before crashCredit: APTop Gear may never return to screens after the horror hit


Top Gear may never return to screens after shock horror Credit: BBC

He was driving a three-wheel open Morgan Super 3 when it overturned at Dunsfold Park Airfield in Surrey.

Freddie was not wearing a helmet at the time of the near-fatal accident, in which his face scraped the floor.

And according to Mail on Sunday sources, Freddie’s last words before the terrifying crash were: “Do I need a helmet?”

Freddie – who has not spoken publicly about the accident – faced an agonizing 45-minute wait for an ambulance to take him to hospital after the accident.

And insiders claim that no one at the airport could find a stretcher for the popular presenter.

It has since emerged that the vehicle Freddie was driving at the time of the accident did not have an airbag.

Some reports suggest the passenger was wearing a helmet.

Freddie’s wife of 18 years, Rachel, was “told to expect the worst” as she raced from their home in Cheshire to Surrey after being told of the horrific crash.

Freddie underwent four hours of surgery – and the public didn’t know his status until he emerged this month.

After narrowly escaping death, brave Freddie was filmed last week helping train England’s cricket team in Cardiff for their match against New Zealand.

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Nine months later, the effects of the accident could still be seen as the former cricketer emerged with cuts, bruises and scabs on his face.

Scars were also noticeable, with one running from his nose down to his chin.

And according to the Mail on Sunday, sources said Top Gear “will not and cannot” return for another series.

The newspaper also revealed that the production team is quietly disbanding.

BBC insiders are understood to have confirmed there is no development of a new series with no plans to televise series 34 – which has been partially filmed.

Top Gear has been off the air since Freddie’s traumatic stroke.

Over the summer, Freddie covered his face as he personally attended three Ashes Tests as a guest of England’s director of cricket, Rob Key.

Freddie watched one game “incognito” from the back office and was masked on the field so as not to attract attention.

Meanwhile, the BBC publicly apologized to Freddie and conducted an investigation into the near-fatal accident.

The findings of the investigation have not been published.

The BBC has since apologized to Freddie


The BBC has since apologized to FreddieCredit: Reuters

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