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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Ronnie O'Sullivan and his son (6) unscathed after car crash following World Championship final

Alex Diaz

Published 06/05/2014 | 14:58

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SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - MAY 06:  Ronnie O'Sullivan of England poses with the trophy and his son Ronnie after beating Barry Hawkins of England to win the Betfair World Snooker Championship at the Crucible Theatre on May 6, 2013 in Sheffield, England.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
Ronnie O'Sullivan and his son Ronnie jr after last year's win at the Crucible
Ronnie O'Sullivan during the afternoon session of the Dafabet World Snooker Championships at The Crucible, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 5, 2014. See PA story SNOOKER World. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
Ronnie O'Sullivan

Snooker ace Ronnie O'Sullivan escaped unscathed from a car crash as he travelled home from defeat in the Dafabet World Championship final.

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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 1.30am.

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

It came just hours after the 38-year-old lost the World Championship final to Mark Selby by 18 frames to 14 at the Crucible theatre in Sheffield.

A police spokeswoman said: "We would not identify those involved in a road traffic 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 as they drove near Selby's hometown of Leicester but a source told the Daily Mirror that 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 (Selby) outfought me, outbattled me and I've got no complaints. I fought my hardest," the Rocket told fans.

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