One of the three musketeers of BBC’s pride and joy, Top Gear’s James May, has wound up in the hospital after an accident that occurred while shooting, not The Stig cut-out’s, but in Syria for a Christmas Special.

May, 47, was helping fellow presenter Jeremy Clarkson tow his car from a ditch in Syria when he fell, hit his head on a rock and lost consciousness.

The crew was hundreds of miles away from civilization, but May was taken to the nearest hospital, given a brain scan, put on a drip and given stitches for the wound.

Despite the apparently large amount of blood from the wound, Captain Slow said that the whole hospital trip was more of a chance for the locals to test out equipment, saying, “They gave me a brain scan, but to be honest I think the Syrians were just excited to be able to use their new scanner.”

While Jeremy Clarkson stated his fear over the situation, May was quick to play down the seriousness of it, saying his injuries were not nearly as bad as those suffered by co-presenter Richard Hammond four years ago, that left him in a coma and fighting for his life after his car overturned at 288 mph (463 km/h) while filming the show in 2006.

May, Clarkson and Hammond was filming an attempt to recreate the 1,200-mile journey of the Three Wise Men. No doubt, the three intrepid hosts were utilizing less than suitable vehicles for the occasion, and viewers would see the episode soon in in Top Gear’s Christmas special.


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