Monday 25 September 2017

Former Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond airlifted to hospital after miracle escape from mountain fireball crash

Jeremy Clarkson says: 'It was the biggest crash I've ever seen and the most frightening'

Richard Hammond on The Grand Tour.
Richard Hammond on The Grand Tour.
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Former Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond was airlifted to hospital after a crash in a Swiss mountain race, according to reports.

The TV host (47) was travelling in a sports car on a road that was closed for the Bergrennen Hemberg race when the incident happened.

Handout photo issued by Freuds of the car which was involved in a crash where Richard Hammond escaped serious injury, in Switzerland. Photo: Freuds/PA Wire
Handout photo issued by Freuds of the car which was involved in a crash where Richard Hammond escaped serious injury, in Switzerland. Photo: Freuds/PA Wire

According to 20min.ch Hammond left the track when his white Rimac Concept One electric sports car caught fire.

Local police spokesman Gian Andrea Rezzoli confirmed to the website that one person was injured and brought to hospital.

Hammond was in Switzerland filming scenes for the Amazon series The Grand Tour, which he stars in along with ex-Top Gear co-hosts Jeremy Clarkson and James May, according to Swiss media.

Pictures posted online show a car smoldering after catching fire.

Co-Host Clarkson took to twitter this evening to say that Hammond seems to be "mostly OK".

It was the biggest crash I've ever seen and the most frightening but incredibly, and thankfully, Richard seems to be mostly OK.

The car which was involved in a crash where Richard Hammond escaped serious injury, in Switzerland. Photo: Freuds/PA Wire
The car which was involved in a crash where Richard Hammond escaped serious injury, in Switzerland. Photo: Freuds/PA Wire

In a statement, posted on the official page of The Grand Tour, it was confirmed that Hammond was involved in a serious crash after completing the Hemburg Hill Climb in Switzerland in a Rimac Concept One, an electric super car built in Croatia, during filming for The Grand Tour Season 2 on Amazon Prime.

"But very fortunately suffered no serious injury. Richard was conscious and talking, and climbed out of the car himself before the vehicle burst into flames. He was flown by Air Ambulance to hospital in St Gallen to be checked over revealing a fracture to his knee. Nobody else was in the car or involved in the accident, and we'd like to thank the paramedics on site for their swift response. The cause of the crash is unknown and is being investigated."

The crash comes 11 years after Hammond suffered life-threatening head injuries following a high-speed crash as he filmed for BBC's Top Gear in 2006.

The presenter was in a coma for two weeks following the 288mph accident, but made a full recovery.

In March this year, Hammond assured fans he was fine after falling off a motorbike "many times" while filming for The Grand Tour.

He was in a remote part of Mozambique in east Africa shooting the programme when the accident occurred, according to The Sun.

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