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Martha Lane Fox, co-founder of lastminute.com, has been seriously injured in a car crash in Morocco.

She was travelling with friends in a four-wheel drive near Essaouira when the accident happened. The car was travelling off-road and hit a tree, no other vehicles were involved. The two other passengers were not seriously injured.

Lane Fox was taken to hospital where there was a slight delay while doctors checked she would be able to pay for treatment. Hospital staff got assurances from her mother by telephone before treating her. Lane Fox sold some of her lastminute shares in March for £4.6m

She injured her right arm and right leg, according to The Independent. She is believed to be recovering well and will return to the UK soon.

Lane Fox became a poster-child for the UK Internet boom when she started lastminute.com with business partner Brent Hoberman. She stepped down from the business last year but was linked to a job at Selfridges - which never came off.

Essaouira is famous as the inspiration for Jimi Hendix song Castles Made of Sand. ®

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