Singer Murray Head, 76, injured in car crash in southern France

‘One Night in Bangkok’ singer Murray Head, 76, is hospitalised in France after crashing into a truck while driving home from an interview about the Queen’s death

  • Murray Head driving in southern France around 3pm Monday when he crashed 
  • Singer and actor lost control of his car on a bend and ended up in oncoming lane 
  • He was hit by a mixer truck, and rushed to hospital in the nearby city of Pau 

Murray Head, the singer best-known for hit One Night in Bangkok, has been rushed to hospital after his car crashed into a truck in France.

Head, 76, was driving near the city of Pau, in the southern Pyrenees region, around 3pm Monday when the accident happened near his home in Saucede where he has lived for two years.

The singer – who also acted in films including Sunday Bloody Sunday and TV show Vera – had been giving an interview about the Queen’s death when he lost control of his 4×4.

He spun on a bend and hit a mixer truck coming the opposite way, French media said. 

He was still conscious when rescuers arrived and was rushed to a local hospital, and the truck driver was unharmed.

Fortunately, he survived the accident with only minor injuries and was able to give an interview from his hospital bed.

‘I was going in a north-south direction and then I found myself in the other direction,’ he told La Republique de Pyrenees.

‘Was I dazzled by the sun? I do not know. I hadn’t drunk anything  I have muscle aches. It hurts a lot. I was incredibly lucky.’

The accident came when he was returning to his home after giving an interview to local media about the death of the Queen. 

Head told France Bleu he met the Queen in Paris in 2004 and shook her hand which is against royal protocol.

He recalled yesterday: ‘I did what should not be done, I shook her hand.’

The singer was on stage in Talence when he heard of the death and revealed he was overcome with emotion.

He said: ‘I had tears, for my country, for my people.’ 

The actor has appeared on a number of popular TV shows including Doctors, Holby City, Heartbeat and Judge John Deed. 

He remains a popular singer in France after his 1975 song Say It Ain’t So which became a huge hit in the country.

Head said previously of his fame in France: ‘The thing about the French is, they are very, very faithful. When they like you, they stick with you.

‘In the UK, everyone is chased out by the next media sensation.’

The star, who married Lindy Ross on Valentine’s Day in 2014, has two daughters named Katherine and Sophie who occasionally sings with her father.

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