Star Joe ‘lucky to survive’ car crash

Joe Longthorne - live at Blackpool Grand Theatre, Sept 2009'pic by Chris berry - Gazette usage only
Joe Longthorne - live at Blackpool Grand Theatre, Sept 2009'pic by Chris berry - Gazette usage only
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BLACKPOOL star Joe Longthorne has been injured in a serious car crash.

The singer and vocal impressionist, set to perform a summer season in the resort at the Grand Theatre, is in Leighton Hospital, Crewe, following the late-night accident on Friday night.

The 56-year-old was in the back seat of a Mercedes, and was being driven by his driver and nephew, known as John Boy, and manager Jamie Moran in the passenger seat, when the car turned over at high speed.

Close friend and Grumbleweed star Tony Jo said: “They were driving back from a gig on Friday night in a two-car convoy when they had an accident.

“It appears as though his driver had a seizure and his foot stuck on the accelerator. Jamie tried to grab the wheel because the car shot off at speed. The car turned over three times and it must have been going 70mph.

“Joe’s got some facial injuries, his neck’s in a brace and he’s got suspected broken ribs. It’s not superficial but thankfully there’s nothing life threatening.

“When Joe’s colleague Keith got out of the following car he expected to find three dead bodies. Luckily, all of the car’s airbags worked and they were all wearing seatbelts.”

Cheshire Police said they were investigating the accident, but were unable to confirm where the crash occurred.

The Royal Variety show star and two fellow passengers were all taken to Leighton Hospital in Crewe and were kept in for observation. Mr Moran is understood to have a broken ankle.

In a statement from his hospital bed to The Gazette, Joe said: “It’s a miracle – I’m lucky to be alive. Someone must be looking down on me.”

He was released from hospital late yesterday.

Mr Jo added: “They had driven back from Portsmouth and after five hours, were 15 minutes from where they were staying when the crash happened.

“Joe’s had his last rites three times, he’s had leukaemia and a bone marrow transplant, and pneumonia as well. Thank god he is safe – someone is watching over him.

“Never mind Jose Mourinho – Joe is the special one.”

Joe’s Summer Season Extravaganza is set to run at Blackpool’s Grand Theatre every Thursday and Saturday evening from July 28 to October 29.