A former star of ‘Emmerdale’, Roxanne Pallett, was airlifted to hospital this week after crashing into a concrete wall at high speed. The actress is said to be “lucky to be alive.”

According to The Sun, Pallett was participating in a stock car race against her Minster FM breakfast show co-host Ben Fry. They were racing to promote the Outlaw Gold Top Shootout event scheduled to take place on 11 August.

The accident occurred at Hunmanby Raceway near Scarborough in Yorkshire.

It is reported that it took emergency services two hours to cut Pallett from the wreckage.

A source told The Sun: "She tried to overtake Ben on a bend and was travelling too fast and smashed into the concrete wall on the track. She lost consciousness for about 30 seconds on impact. Fortunately she was wearing a helmet and race gear."

Pallett was airlifted 41 miles to Hull Royal Infirmary and reportedly suffered two sprained wrists and severe bruising. She is awaiting the results of a CT scan.

Video footage has since surfaced showing events that unfolded after the collision showing two fire engines, a helicopter and police van surrounding the raceway.


In a statement, Minster FM said: "Unfortunately Roxy was involved in an accident [on Tuesday]. Minster FM colleagues and listeners wish her a speedy recovery and can't wait to have her back in the studio and waking up North Yorkshire with Ben.

"Thank you for all of your messages wishing her well. Roxy and Minster FM appreciate your support."

Pallett played Jo Stiles in ‘Emmerdale’ from 2005 to 2008. She won ‘Celebrity Stars in their Eyes’ as Gloria Estefan in 2006 and took part in ‘Dancing on Ice’ in 2009. More recently, she starred in the BBC series ‘Waterloo Road’ and will star in forthcoming horror film ‘Habit.’