27/04/2013 06:26 BST

Footballer Marlon King Arrested On 33rd Birthday On Suspicion Of Causing Serious Car Crash

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BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Marlon King of Birmingham City in action during the npower Championship Playoff Semi Final 1st leg match between Blackpool and Birmingham City at Bloomfield Road on May 4, 2012 in Blackpool, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

A Championship footballer has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving after a three-car smash which left a man with serious injuries.

Birmingham City striker Marlon King, 33, was released on police bail on Friday night pending further inquiries into the crash in Winthorpe, near Newark, Nottinghamshire.

According to the Daily Mail, Friday was also Marlon King's 33rd birthday.

A 35-year-old man was airlifted to Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre from the scene of the crash on the Lincoln-bound carriageway of the A46/A17 interchange.

A Porsche, a Volkswagen Polo and a Vauxhall Astra were involved in the incident at 2.50pm on Friday.

The road was closed for two-and-a-half hours following the crash, which also left other occupants of the cars suffering from whiplash injuries.

King, whose previous clubs include Watford, Middlesbrough and Coventry City, underwent knee surgery last month and is not expected to return to football until next season.

A spokesman for Birmingham City said: "We are aware of a road traffic accident involving our player and the matter is now being investigated by the police."