A SHOCKING list of BBC ‘failures’ in Freddie Flintoff’s near-fatal crash has been revealed.
The popular Top Gear presenter, 45, was seriously injured when a high-speed, roofless car he was driving overturned and skidded across a track.
The Beeb was forced to conduct a health and safety audit of the incident but refuses to ever release the findings.
Today, however, The Sun is able to reveal that Freddie had an agonizing 45-minute wait for the rescue helicopter and was not wearing a helmet at the time.
In addition, no stretcher could be found and the 130 mph Morgan Super 3 sports car he drove was not equipped with an airbag.
According to insiders, Freddie suffered horrific injuries to his jaw and broken ribs in the accident in December.
A source said, “A very young producer, early 20’s, pretty much gave the whole stunt a go-ahead.”
“Some crew members simply feel that insufficient checks and measures have been carried out beforehand.
“You get the impression that some of the driving stunts were done cheaply to save money. Lessons have been learned from it.”
The source added, “How this could happen on a notoriously cutting edge show like Top Gear, which is famous for its dangerous stunts, is beyond baffling.”
“The BBC was keen to keep the extent of Freddie’s injuries under control for obvious reasons.
“The accident itself was far worse than anyone really realizes – it’s really hard to put into words; what he went through is just unimaginable.”
“But essentially the car rolled over at high speed and Freddie – who also fractured a few ribs – is understandably traumatized by the whole thing.”
Earlier this week, The Sun announced that the future of the cult car show steeped in tradition was “in the balance”.
Bulldozers have been spotted on the famous airfield, supposed to work in housing construction.
Last month, BBC Chief Content Officer Charlotte Moore announced that filming on season 34 of Top Gear had come to a halt.
She said: “My priority right now is to help Freddie recover, so I think it would be really inappropriate if we went ahead with filming now.”
She added, “I think we need to talk about what Freddie wants to do.”