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Atkinson in hospital after crashing his €2m supercar

Actor Rowan Atkinson was taken to hospital after his supercar crashed into a tree.

The Blackadder and Mr Bean star suffered a shoulder injury in the incident in Cambridge-shire last night.

According to reports, the 56-year-old was driving a 230mph McLaren F1 super car, said to worth ¤2m, when it spun several times, ran into a tree and a lamppost and caught fire.

The actor is said to have walked from the vehicle and was with a passing motorist when emergency services arrived. An Ambulance Service spokesman said: "We were called to a single vehicle road traffic collision at 7.30pm on the A605 at Haddon."

A man was taken to hospital in Peterborough with "a minor shoulder injury", a spokesman added.

Firefighters arrived on the scene to put out the blaze.

A spokesman for the star could not be reached for comment.

Atkinson, a car enthusiast, recently topped the leader's board on Top Gear, racing the show's 'Reasonably Priced Car'. He notched up the fastest ever time on the show, completing the circuit in 1 minute 42.2 seconds.

It is the second time he has crashed the supercar he bought to celebrate the success of his Mr Bean movie. The front of the car was wrecked in the previous collision with the rear of a Rover Metro in Lancashire, in October 1999.