ROWAN Atkinson, otherwise known as Mr Bean, is thanking his lucky stars. He walked out of a crash involving a supercar on Thursday with just a minor shoulder injury.
The British actor was driving a high-powered McLaren F1 supercar, which has a top speed of 370kmh. But he said he drove it at an "embarrassingly low-speed".
He is believed to have lost control of the car which spun several times on the wet road before smashing into a tree and then a lamp post. It came to a rest at the side of the carriageway before the engine caught fire.
The £650,000 (S$1.29 million) vehicle was badly damaged. The 56-year-old actor managed to get out of the driver's seat before the fire in the engine, which is at the back of the car, The Mirror reported.
A photo of the crash was posted on Twitter, The Sun reported. The report said that another motorist looked after Atkinson, who was visibly shaken, until emergency services arrived at the crash site.
The accident happened near Haddon, Cambridgeshire, about 120km north of London, shortly after 7.30pm on Thursday.
One onlooker said: "Rowan is lucky to be alive, considering the state of the car."
Firefighters put the blaze out and Atkinson was taken to Peterborough City Hospital, where his publicist said he was treated for shoulder pain.
A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service confirmed: "We attended the scene of a single vehicle accident earlier this evening and took a man with minor injuries to hospital."