May 21, 2013 15:21

George Michael to be kept in hospital following M1 accident

Singer will remain in care as a "precaution for observation" says spokesperson

George Michael to be kept in hospital following M1 accident

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George Michael is to be kept in hospital for treatment after sustaining head injuries in an incident on the M1 last week.

The former Wham! singer was airlifted to hospital after the Range Rover he was travelling in was involved in an accident on Thursday (May 16) near St Albans. A spokeswoman for Michael told BBC News that he was "making good progress." She added: "Following the traffic accident on Thursday, we can confirm that he is still in hospital. We are keen to stress it's purely as a precaution for observation. He did suffer a couple of bumps and bruises to the head and that's why they are keeping him in - to keep an eye on him."

"The patient was on the road when paramedics arrived," said Gary Sanderson, of the East of England Ambulance Service. "The patient required further assessments at a specialist trauma centre after he received a head injury. He was fully conscious throughout his treatment at the scene and flight to hospital and the injuries were deemed non life threatening."

Michael's spokesperson Connie Filippello previously revealed that her client had been a passenger in a Range Rover and that no other vehicles had been involved in the accident, which had left him with "superficial cuts". Filippello, who revealed that Michael was "fine", said: "George Michael was a passenger in a vehicle involved in a traffic accident yesterday evening. No third party was involved."

In 2010, Michael was jailed for eight weeks over driving and drug offences after he pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and driving under the influence of cannabis in August of that year. He was also given a five-year driving ban, and received a fine of £1,250. It was reported last month that he had spent two months in an Australian rehab clinic, after the 'Faith' singer checked into the £27,000-a-week centre's luxurious Sanctuary for a two-month stay in February to be treated for emotional anxiety and other issues.

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