Saturday, 10 June 2017

Ex-Top Gear star Richard Hammond in hospital after car crash



Former Top Gear star Richard Hammond has been airlifted to hospital after escaping a "serious" car crash.
 
The TV presenter was involved in the accident at a Swiss mountain race while filming for his new show The Grand Tour.


The 47-year-old suffered a fractured knee while racing an electric super car, but suffered no serious injury.


Hammond's friend and fellow presenter Jeremy Clarkson described it as the "biggest" and "most frightening" crash he had ever seen, adding in a Twitter post: "Thankfully, Richard seems to be mostly OK."


Richard Hammond fractured his knee in the crash

Richard Hammond suffered a fractured knee in the crash


A spokesperson for The Grand Tour said: "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."


Hammond was racing a Rimac Concept One car, built in Croatia, during the Hemburg Hill Climb.


It was filmed as part of the second series of The Grand Tour, the Amazon Prime programme Hammond, Clarkson and James May joined after leaving Top Gear in 2015.


According to the car manufacturer's website, the Concept One can reach a maximum speed of 220mph thanks to its 1,224 horsepower.


The Hemburg Hill Climb takes place over a one mile-long course, which climbs 157 metres.


Contestants average speeds of more than 70mph.




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