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‘Mr Bean’ Star Rowan Atkinson Crashes $1.2 Million Sports Car


Aug. 5 2011, Published 10:00 a.m. ET

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By Cliff Renfrew - Reporter

British actor Rowan Atkinson cheated death outside of London Thursday night after he crashed his $1.2 million McLaren F1 sports car.

The Mr. Bean star spun the maroon-colored supercar -- which can go up to 240 mph -- several times before hitting a tree and then a road sign.

His prized possession then caught fire before him near Haddon in Cambridgeshire, which is approximately 75 miles north of London.

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Miraculously, the rubber-faced funnyman pulled himself out of the wreck without suffering any serious injuries.

Fireman who arrived on the scene put out the fire, while the 56-year-old actor was taken to a nearby hospital by paramedics for observation.

It is not the first time Atkinson has crashed the rare sports car which can hit speeds of 0-60 in under three seconds.

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In 1999, he was involved in a crash after he struck another vehicle in Lancashire, England.

The star -- who is a personal friend of Prince Charles and attended the recent royal wedding between Kate And William -- owns an array of expensive cars.

The actor also has an Aston Martin Virage $200,000, a vintage Rolls Royce and a vintage Morris Traveller, which he regularly drives around the Oxfordshire village where he lives in a $1.6 million converted rectory.

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He recently appeared on the British car show Top Gear where he was filmed racing around a race track beating the other celebrities by setting the fastest lap time.

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A spokesman for East England Ambulance Service said: “A man has since been conveyed to hospital with minor injuries after the car he was driving left the road early on Thursday evening.”

He’s expected to make a full recovery.



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