Richard Hammond was involved in a serious crash while filming scenes for an upcoming episode of Amazon’s series, ‘The Grand Tour’, in Switzerland, along with ex-Top Gear co-stars Jeremy Clarkson and James May. The good news is that he’s okay.
The 47-year old host was driving the $1 million Rimac Concept_One on a road that was closed for the Bergrennen Hemberg race, when for unknown reasons, he seemingly lost control of the all-electric supercar.
Luckily, Hammond did not suffer any serious injuries and was able to get out of the 1,224hp (in 2017-spec) car just before it burst into flames.
“Richard was conscious and talking, and climbed out of the car himself before the vehicle burst into flames,” said the program in a statement. “He was flown by air ambulance to hospital in St. Gallen to be checked over, revealing a fracture to his knee.”
The Grand Tour added that the “cause of the crash in unknown and is being investigated”.
Co-host Jeremy Clarkson tweeted that Clarkson tweeted that “It was the biggest crash I’ve ever seen and the most frightening but incredibly, and thankfully, Richard seems to be mostly OK.”
This isn’t Hammond’s first brush with death behind the wheel of a car (or the handlebar, for that matter), as he was famously involved in a near fatal accident in 2006 after crashing a jet-propelled car that left him two weeks in a coma.