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Mr Bean star saves driver’s life after McLaren F1 crash

Rowan Atkinson has been playing the part of the hero. The Mr. Bean actor helped save the life of a wealthy American businessman who lost control of his McLaren F1 sports car and smashed into a tree near Pomarance, Italy.

The two motoring enthusiasts were cruising as part of a convoy through the Tuscan countryside when the incident happened. The driver lost control of his red-and-white McLaren F1 and the car flipped, landing on a steep bank in an olive grove on its roof.

The Blackadder actor rushed to help the driver, who was trapped in the cabin of the upturned car. Police, firefighters and paramedics treated the driver at the scene and later airlifted him to hospital in Pisa. Atkinson is understood to have help police with their investigation of the incident. He was also photographed shifting debris from the car, which is now a write-off.

Mr Bean star comes to the rescue of McLaren F1 driver after car flips onto its roof in crash
Mr Bean star comes to the rescue of McLaren F1 driver after car flips onto its roof in crash

The driver is reported to be injured but his condition is not serious.

Atkinson famously crashed his own F1 only three years ago in Haddon, Peterborough. The accident cost almost £1 million to repair, although that was deemed cheaper than the cost of replacing it completely.

The McLaren F1 sports a 6.1-litre engine, producing 550 brake horse power, with a top speed of 240mph. Atkinson first bought his in 1997 for £640,000. The model is now worth around £3.4 million.

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