Boney M singer Liz Mitchell involved in car crash in Cambridgeshire

20 July 2023, 14:32 | Updated: 20 July 2023, 14:37

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Boney M. Picture: Getty

By Tom Eames

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Liz Mitchell, a member of the band Boney M, is recuperating after her Mercedes collided with a ditch while she was travelling to see her brother.

Mitchell, 71, was driving on the A47 in Cambridgeshire at about 11.40am on Thursday last week, when she was forced off the road by an oncoming vehicle, her spokesman said.

She was heading for HMP Whitemoor to meet her brother Khalid Rashid.

The singer is now recovering from a broken arm, her spokesman added. The accident happened at Thorney Toll in the Fens, where many roads run alongside water-filled ditches.

The singer, who still performs, was taken to a hospital in Peterborough for treatment.

At the time of the crash, she had been on her way to the top security jail to visit her brother, who was jailed for life in 2016 for the murder of a Syrian-born Imam in London.

Liz Mitchell was the lead vocalist in Boney M, who had a string of hit singles during the late 1970s, including 'Daddy Cool', 'Rivers of Babylon', 'Rasputin' and 'Mary's Boy Child'.

Mitchell, who was born in Jamaica, immigrated to the UK when she was 11 years old.

Liz Mitchell in 1979
Liz Mitchell in 1979. Picture: Getty

Boney M were founded in 1976, and she continues to play under the name Boney M featuring Liz Mitchell.

Speaking about last week's crash, her spokesman said: "Liz was driving her Mercedes with husband Thomas in the passenger seat when she was suddenly confronted by an oncoming vehicle, and in a split second she had to steer off the road to avoid a head-on collision.

"The car ended up in a ditch, and Liz suffered a broken arm, while they both received cuts and bruises, and were very shaken up.

"The emergency services were brilliant, and the couple want to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped, both at the scene and all the hospital staff at Peterborough."

He added that Liz Mitchell was "now focused on fully recovering in time for her planned concerts in Europe and her upcoming US tour next month".

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