Ex-Top Gear Host Richard Hammond Injured in Swiss Crash

تم نشره في Sat 10 June / Jun 2017. 12:00 AM
  • The car ex-Top Gear host Richard Hammond was driving when he crashed while filming in Switzerland. - (Jeremy Clarkson)

Ex-Top Gear host Richard Hammond has been airlifted to hospital after a crash while filming in Switzerland.

The 47-year-old presenter was taking part in a race in an electric car for Amazon Prime show The Grand Tour.

Mr Hammond "climbed out of the car himself before the vehicle burst into flames," the show said in a statement.

Co-host Jeremy Clarkson tweeted that it was the "most frightening" accident he had ever seen but said Mr Hammond was "mostly OK".

The show's statement said: "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 on Amazon Prime, but very fortunately suffered no serious injury."

Mr Hammond, who has a fractured knee, was "conscious and talking" after the crash, the show said.

He was flown to hospital in St Gallen "to be checked over".

"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 statement added.

Mr Hammond sustained brain injuries during a crash in 2006 while filming for Top Gear.