Ronnie O' Sullivan and his son Ronnie Jr. were unhurt after a car crash in the early hours of Tuesday morning, just hours after 'The Rocket' lost 18-14 in the final of the World Snooker Championship at the Crucible in Sheffield.

The five times world champion and his six-year old son were travelling on the M1 at around 1.30am Tuesday, when the accident occurred.

O'Sullivan was driving back home to Chigwell in Essex, and was passing through his final opponent Mark Selby's hometown of Leicester at the time of the crash.

Both father and son were left shaken by the crash, yet fortunately freed themselves from the wreckage unscathed.

A Leicestershire police spokesperson confirmed weather conditions were treacherous during the time, which most likely played a factor in the 38-year old going off the road.

O'Sullivan was thought to be in buoyant spirits after the final defeat against Selby, in which he admitted the latter had "out-fought and out-battled" him.

His car - an Audi A8 - may now be a write-off, but thankfully the player some consider to be the most naturally gifted ever to have picked up a cue is not.

O'Sullivan was aiming to win his third consecutive World Championship title, but must wait another year to see if he can continue his push towards overhauling Stephen Hendry's record of seven Crucible crowns.

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