Ex-footballer Clarke Carlisle left seriously injured after being hit by lorry

Former footballer Clarke Carlisle, 35, was airlifted to

hospital after being hit by a lorry

Much-loved former footballer Clarke Carlisle is currently being treated for serious injuries at Leeds General Infirmary after an accident involving a lorry.

Carlisle, whose injuries are not considered life-threatening, was a pedestrian when hit by the lorry on the A64, near York, yesterday morning.

The cause of the accident, which occurred near Bishopthorpe at 07:30am on Monday, is not yet known and police are appealing for witnesses.

Well-wishers have flooded social media with hopeful messages for Carlisle, an ambassador for the football equality campaign Kick It Out and former Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) chairman. was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary.

A statement released by the PFA said: "Everyone is keeping Clarke in their prayers and thoughts. We are offering our full help and support to him and his family."

QPR midfielder Joey Barton wrote on Twitter: "Just heard the news about Clarke Carlisle. My thoughts are with his friends and family."

Carlisle enjoyed a football career spanning 16 years, in which he played for several clubs and made over 500 appearances. In 2002 Carlisle was awarded the title ‘Britain’s Brainiest Footballer’ by BBC Sport and he was the first footballer to appear on the BBC’s political debate show Question Time back in 2011.

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