Richard Hammond Involved In “Serious Crash”
10 June 2017, 21:09
The star has been airlifted to hospital following an incident in Switzerland.
Richard Hammond has been airlifted to hospital following a “serious crash” in Switzerland.
Richard Hammond crashing in Switzerland whilst filming the Grand Tour. pic.twitter.com/3rTxIrY6Rh— Gio (@Gio_57) June 10, 2017
The 47-year-old television presenter was filming the second season of Amazon Prime show The Grand Tour on Saturday (10 June) when the Rimac Concept One he was driving crashed after completing the Hemburg Hill Climb.
Richard Hammond was involved in a serious crash, but very fortunately suffered no serious injury. pic.twitter.com/4Oib32IJvj— The Grand Tour (@thegrandtour) June 10, 2017
Richard was flown to a hospital in St Gallen where it was revealed he had suffered a fracture to his knee, but fortunately the star “suffered no serious injury”, and no-one else was involved in the accident.
In a tweet, his co-star Jeremy Clarkson said it “was the biggest crash I’ve ever seen”.
It was the biggest crash I've ever seen and the most frightening but incredibly, and thankfully, Richard seems to be mostly OK.— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) 10 June 2017
A spokesperson for The Grand Tour told BANG! Showbiz in a statement: “Richard 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, 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.”
It isn’t the first time the star has been involved in a horrifying accident while filming a television show either, as 11 years ago he almost died when he lost control of a jet car while filming BBC motoring show Top Gear.
Richard’s latest incident comes after he said last month he would be leaving the death-defying stunts behind as he doesn’t want to risk leaving his daughters, Izzy, 16, and Willow, 13 without a dad and his wife Amanda Etheridge, 46, without a husband.
He said: "I've a beautiful wife and two beautiful daughters. I'm not going to risk leaving them. Not for their sake, but for mine."