A Pembrokeshire escape artist is recovering after being crushed by two cars in an on-camera stunt for America’s Got Talent: Extreme.

Jonathan Goodwin got caught between the two vehicles whilst suspended 70 feet in the air, as they erupted into a fireball on impact.

Goodwin - who started out as a resident magician at Folly Farm - has appeared in a host of mainstream tv shows both sides of the Atlantic.

For the stunt, he was supposed to free himself from a straight jacket while dangling from his feet between the two swinging cars.

Goodwin fell to the ground, hitting his head, and was airlifted to hospital in critical condition – and is reported to have undergone surgery

The accident happened at Atlanta Motor Speedway during rehearsal for the spin-off of NBC’s America’s Got Talent, which offers a $500,000 prize.

The Haverfordwest-born stuntman is no stranger to performing dangerous TV stunts, and was a finalist on “Britain’s Got Talent” in 2019.

In 2020, Goodwin reached the semi-finals of America’s Got Talent, and in one stunt, he caught fire as he attempted to release himself.

The 41 year-old, who grew up in Robeston Wathen, near Narberth, was reported in the New York Post to be recovering from the fall.

Henry County Sheriff's Department's Sgt. Sean Free told NBC News: "Goodwin experienced difficulties and was struck by two vehicles.

"The accident caused him to fall 40 feet and miss the airbag that was supposed to catch him, but he was conscious and alert.

"EMTs advised me on scene that Goodwin suffered multiple broken bones in both his legs and lacerations on the face, and also burns."

America’s Got Talent: Extreme has suspended production, saying: "Our thoughts and prayers remain with Jonathan Goodwin and his family.

"In order to focus on the wellbeing of our crew, we are temporarily pausing production and will resume the last few days of filming at a later date."