Members of the pop band One Direction are currently recovering from whiplash and shock after reportedly being involved in a road traffic accident last week.
The quintet, who rose to fame after finishing third in the 2010 edition of the TV show X Factor, are believed to have been travelling in a people carrier with their tour managers after playing a gig in Birmingham when the incident took place.
The boy band received medical assistance and in true showbusiness style proved that the show must go on as they refused to cancel any dates on their UK date on medical grounds.
A source told The Sun: “It was a close call.
“The lads and their two tour managers were pretty shaken up and were treated for varying degrees of whiplash. They were seen by an osteopath who gave them the all-clear."
The Daily Mirror reported that three of the One Direction boys suffered spinal pain and severe headaches following the car crash.
The Mirror quoted a source as saying: “It was pretty terrifying for everyone concerned. All five boys, plus two members of the crew, were in their tour bus when the car rammed into the back of it.
“Thankfully, it withstood most of the impact but obviously, travelling at speed, the boys’ couldn’t avoid whiplash. After careering across the road, both vehicles came to a stop. Louis, Zayn and Niall were the worst affected.
“Paramedics advised management to scrap the gig in Plymouth but because the boys didn’t want to let anyone down they agreed to go ahead.”
While One Direction appear to have had a lucky escape, other road traffic accident victims are not as fortunate.
The latest figures released by the Department for Transport, which come out every June, show in 2010 that there were a total of 208,655 casualties (slight injuries, serious injuries and fatalities) in road accidents reported to the police in Britain.
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries sustained in road traffic accidents and is caused by a sudden and unexpected jolt to the neck.
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