Mr. Bean Crashes $2M Supercar, Cheats Death

Rowan Atkinson suffers minor shoulder injury in major wreck

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 5, 2011 3:42 AM CDT

(Newser) – The comic know around the world as nerdy Mr. Bean is recovering in a British hospital after crashing his McLaren F1 supercar and striking a tree and lamppost before the vehicle burst into flames. Rowan Atkinson is "lucky to be alive considering the state of the car," said a witness. The actor suffered only a minor shoulder injury in the wreck some 85 miles north of London, reports AP. Authorities are investigating the cause of the crash, but some media reported that Atkinson spun out on a portion of rain-slicked highway.

Atkinson also crashed the car in 1999, rear-ending a Land Rover. He bought the sports car, which can reach speeds of 230 mph, to celebrate the success of Mr. Bean: The Ultimate Disaster Movie. It's only one of 65 street versions ever made and is valued at more than $2 million, reports the Mirror. While his character Mr. Bean putts along in a Mini-Cooper, Atkinson is a fan of luxury sports cars, and has also owned Aston Martins, Mercedes, and Rolls Royces.

Rowan Atkinson suffered only a minor shoulder injury when his super-charged car spun out on the highway.   (AP PHOTO/CP, Ian Barrett)
Rowan Atkinson crashed into a tree and a lamppost before the car burst into flames.   (AP Photo/Universal Pictures/Giles Keyte)
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