Saturday 21 October 2017

O'Sullivan and son in lucky escape from motorway crash after Crucible defeat

Ronnie O'Sullivan in action during the final session of the Dafabet World Snooker Championships at The Crucible, Sheffield
Ronnie O'Sullivan in action during the final session of the Dafabet World Snooker Championships at The Crucible, Sheffield

Alex Diaz

RONNIE O'SULLIVAN escaped unscathed from a car crash as he travelled home after being beaten in the World Championship final.

The five-times world champion and his six-year-old son, Ronnie Jnr, were travelling in a two-seater Audi R8 sports car when it spun out of control on the M1 near Leicester at around 1.30.

Neither suffered serious injuries but they were understood to have been left "shaken" after pulling themselves out of the wreckage.

A police spokeswoman said: "We would not identify those involved in a collision but we did have a crash on the M1 southbound at about 1.30 in the morning. There was an adult and a child in that vehicle."

The car reportedly hit a pool of standing water before smashing into the central reservation as O'Sullivan and his son travelled home to Chigwell in Essex.

Weather conditions are thought to have been poor and speed was not a factor in the accident.

O'Sullivan said after the final that he had "never been in such a good place" despite the defeat.

"He (Mark Selby) outfought me, outbattled me and I've got no complaints. I fought my hardest."

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