Thursday 27 July 2017

'I'm not dead,' jokes Hammond after breaking his leg in latest car smash

The car involved in a crash where Richard Hammond escaped serious injury. Photo: PA
The car involved in a crash where Richard Hammond escaped serious injury. Photo: PA
British television presenter Richard Hammond gesturing towards an x-ray of his injured knee as he sits in a hospital room in St Gallen, after he was involved in a car accident while filming in Switzerland. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Kim Ripoll

Richard Hammond has joked "I'm not dead" as he apologised to his wife and children after his car crashed and burst into flames while filming 'The Grand Tour'.

Speaking in a video from his hospital bed in Switzerland, the former 'Top Gear' host detailed the knee injury he suffered in the incident, which left the vehicle on its roof and scorched.

He said: "Hello, yes it's true I binned it again," before adding he will need surgery to fix his broken leg.

"I would like to thank all of the medical professionals who got me by air ambulance from the crash to the hospital and who have dealt with me ever since."

This video was originally posted to DriveTribe.com where Richard frequently contributes his work, which can be read here.

In the 'Drive Tribe' video message, titled 'I'm Not Dead', Hammond adds: "And most importantly, sorry to my wife Mindy and to my daughters Issy and Willow."

The crash took place in Switzerland where the TV presenter (47) was driving an electric super car, and his colleague Jeremy Clarkson described it as "the biggest crash I've ever seen, and the most frightening".

Irish Independent

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