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Mr. Bean star Atkinson Injured in Crash


HADDON, Cambridgeshire –British comedy actor Rowan Atkinson was released from the hospital Friday after being treated for an injury sustained during a car crash near Haddon.

Atkinson, 56, best known for his portrayal of the hapless Mr. Bean, is said to have suffered a minor shoulder injury after the McLaren F1 he was driving lost control, struck a tree and burst into flames.

The actor walked away from the accident before firefighters arrived to douse the flames, according to emergency services.

Atkinson was hospitalized overnight and released around 3:00 pm Friday via the back door and refused to answer reporters’ questions about the accident.

A local police spokesman said officers were "called to the scene of a single vehicle collision on the A605 near Haddon at about 7:30 pm (1830 GMT) yesterday. The driver of the vehicle, a man, was taken to Peterborough City Hospital."

Neither the police nor the hospital gave any indication whether drugs or alcohol played a part in the crash or if he submitted to a substance screening.

The McLaren F1 is one of the fastest production cars in the world, capable of reaching a top speed of 230 miles per hour with an estimated worth of $4 million.

Atkinson achieved international fame with his bumbling and incompetent caricature Mr. Bean. The series follows the exploits of Mr. Bean, described by Atkinson as "a child in a grown man's body, solving various problems presented by everyday tasks and often causing disruption in the process.

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