SNATCH star Jason Statham and his girlfriend, actress KELLY BROOK spent last night (20JAN04) in hospital in London, after a "horrifying" head-on car crash.

The couple, who have been dating for five years, were both rushed to hospital with injuries after a NISSAN collided with their MINI COOPER after swerving to miss a bollard in Sydenham, south east London.

SMALLVILLE star Brook, 23, injured her back, while The Italian Job actor, 30, suffered burns from his airbag.

A witness says, "It was a horrifying crash. It made a horrendous noise. It was a head-on crash. I wondered if anyone would survive it."

Brook's mother SANDRA, 41, laments, "Thank God they had seatbelts on otherwise they would have gone through the windscreen. They don't know much about what happened. They were driving home then all of a sudden they were hit head-on."

21/01/2004 09:15