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Manuel Lanzini, West Ham’s star involved in horrible car crash.

The Argen­tine mid­field­er, 29, was being chauf­feur-dri­ven in a $92,000 Mer­cedes peo­ple car­ri­er when it flipped over on the A12 this afternoon.

Oth­er motorists watched in hor­ror at V‑CLass — with a West Ham num­ber plate — land­ed on its side in a crum­pled mess.

Fire­fight­ers raced to the scene but Lanzi­ni mirac­u­lous­ly walked out unhurt. He was checked at the scene but ruled well enough to car­ry on to training.

It is believed the attack­er was being dri­ven back to the train­ing ground on his return to the coun­try after inter­na­tion­al duty.

A source said: “It’s a mir­a­cle he’s alive, from what I’ve heard.

“This was an incred­i­bly near miss and could have killed Lanzi­ni and the driver.

“It’s com­mon for West Ham play­ers to use a chauf­feur ser­vice — espe­cial­ly for those who live in town.

“They were on a dual car­riage­way so it could have caused com­plete carnage.

“Just goes to show, it does­n’t mat­ter how much cash you have — we’re all just as vul­ner­a­ble to a smash like this.

“Thank good­ness he was okay.”

The crash is said to have tak­en place after 2.30pm today as Lanzi­ni head­ed to the club’s Rush Green com­plex, in East London.

The dad-of-one Lanzi­ni, who is capped for Argenti­na, was expect­ed to be avail­able for West Ham’s squad to face Ever­ton on Sunday.

Lanzi­ni has faced a string of dri­ving offences since join­ing the Ham­mers in 2015 — ini­tial­ly on loan before a $11.8m trans­fer — includ­ing speed­ing, dri­ving with­out insur­ance and fail­ing to produce.

He has pre­vi­ous­ly dri­ven a $120,000 Range Rover.

Police and fire ser­vices were called to the scene.

A spokesman for West Ham con­firmed the crash say­ing: “It hap­pened on the A12 near the train­ing ground.”

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