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Former EastEnders star Dean Gaffney seriously injured in car crash

Lucy Bogustawski

Published 31/01/2013 | 15:56

FORMER EastEnders actor Dean Gaffney is receiving treatment in hospital after being seriously injured in a car crash.

The 34-year-old actor, who played Robbie Jackson in the soap, suffered head injuries after hitting the central reservation of a Derbyshire road.

He is being treated at a hospital in Derby, England but his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

A spokeswoman for Derbyshire Police said: "We can confirm that a 34-year-old man was involved in a collision on the A38 at around 10.45pm last night.

"There was just one car involved that hit the central reservation.

"He was taken to Royal Derby Hospital where he received treatment for head injuries but those injuries aren't thought to be life-threatening."

Part of the A38 was closed for nearly three hours after the crash and the car, which was not driveable after the accident, removed from the area.

A spokeswoman for the hospital would not comment on the incident.

Friends of the actor, who has also appeared in The Bill and Ricky Gervais's Extras, took to Twitter to wish him well.

Many feared he was critically ill before the news that his injuries were not life-threatening, and offered their support and thoughts for his recovery.

Actor Tamer Hassan wrote: "Can we all pray for my good friend Dean Gaffney who has just had a bad car accident and is fighting for his life."

A comment left by Steven Van Der Lammie said: "Whenever I've worked with Dean Gaffney, he's always been so kind and funny...I really hope he pulls through his car accident! x"

Danny Panthaki said of the actor: "Hearing that Dean Gaffney was in a very serious car crash last night. Hope he pulls through. A top, genuine guy."

Dave Read, Mr Gaffney's agent, said the actor was on his way to a friend's house from Derby Theatre's production of A Murder is Announced, in which he stars, when the accident happened.

Mr Read said: "He's got some nasty head injuries but the good news is that he's going to be OK.

"It was a bad crash and we're grateful it wasn't any worse."

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