Top Gear presenter Paddy McGuinness says he’s “fine” after he was involved in a road accident while shooting the BBC car show in North Yorkshire on Tuesday.
The former Take Me Out host was driving a classic Lamborghini Diablo when it ran over some oil and spun off the road, ending up in a field. The car, capable of top speeds of up to 200mph, is believed to be worth around £250,000.
The presenter was taken for medical checks following the crash, but was confirmed to be unharmed in the incident.
In a video posted on Instagram, McGuinness said it had been a “mad old day” of filming in difficult weather conditions.
He added: “I finally got to drive one of my fantasy childhood cars, the Lamborghini Diablo, but it turns out 32-year-old supercars don’t like torrential rain. Who’d have thought?
“If you have ever owned a Diablo or driven one, you will know just as well as me, oh my God, she can be a cruel mistress.”
He added: “I am totally fine and fingers crossed we get the car up and running again because it is an absolute beauty.”
McGuinness said that he was going to have “a cup of tea, a paracetemol and a cry” following the incident.
A BBC statement to The Sun said: “During Top Gear filming in North Yorkshire today presenter Paddy McGuinness’s car skidded and left the road, coming to an almost immediate stop.
"Paddy was quickly taken to the production unit base for medical checks and is unhurt.
"No other vehicles were involved and the Police, who had been monitoring filming, were quickly on the scene to assist.
"Safety on Top Gear is always the production team’s priority and the vehicle’s speed at the time was within the road’s limit of 60mph.”
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A video shot at the crash scene showed the supercar being covered up with a tarpaulin afterwards in a field.
McGuinness’ Top Gear co-presenters Andrew Flintoff and Chris Harris were not believed to be at the site of the crash. Photos shared by Lancs Road Police on Twitter showed the Lamborghini would be appearing alongside a Jaguar XJ220 and a Ferrari F40 in the sequence for the show which will be broadcast later this year.
Following the crash, a North Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "Police attended a collision involving a Lamborghini Diablo, which crashed into a field after the driver lost control on the B6255 near Ribblehead.
"The incident happened at around 3pm today. A Roads Policing Group officer noticed the incident while patrolling the route, which has a high number of serious and fatal collisions.
"Fortunately, nobody was injuries and no other vehicles were involved."
Paddy McGuinness joined Top Gear as host for the 27th series in 2019.