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Tuesday, 19 November, 2002, 12:25 GMT
Popstars hopeful hurt in crash
Popstars: The Rivals auditions
Thousands of people auditioned for the show
A partially blind singer from Merseyside who auditioned for Popstars: The Rivals has been involved in a car crash.

The accident involving Andrew Coleman, who failed to reach the top 50 in the TV show, comes after two other Popstars hopefuls died in separate accidents.

Mr Coleman, who has glaucoma, fears his vision has been made worse by the crash.

He was travelling home to Knowsley from a talent show with his parents when their car was hit from behind and overturned.


The force of it turned us around and flipped us over

Anne Coleman
The accident follows the deaths of Popstars auditionees Jon Norton, who was hit by a train, and Vanessa Cavanagh, who died in a car crash.

Mr Coleman still hopes to release a single that he is recording with blind record producer Robin Millar.

On Tuesday Mr Coleman's mother Anne said: "We were quite near home and I was already turning right when we were hit from behind.

"The force of it turned us around and flipped us over. It was a nasty crash.

"My husband, Jim, managed to free himself and he pulled me free but Andrew was stuck in the back.

"He had a bang on the head and that may have damaged his optic nerve. That could make his vision worse but we don't know yet."


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