Richard Hammond has been airlifted to hospital with injuries after a horrifying crash in mountain race.
Former Top Gear host Richard Hammond has been airlifted to hospital after being involved in an awful and horrifying car crash in a Swiss mountain race.
Richard Hammond, 47, was filming for the hit Amazon’s show ‘The Grand Tour’ when his car crashed on a road that was closed for the Bergrennen Hemberg race, the Swiss newspaper 20 Minuten reports.
The TV host was driving a £2million supercar when he lost control, it then flipped and bursted into flames.
The blaze was extinguished by firefighters at the scene, and the presenter was airlifted to hospital with injuries – It has later been revealed Richard suffered a fracture to his knee.
Richard was filming scenes with his ex-Top Gear co-hosts Jeremy Clarkson and James May, according to Swiss media, when he crashed.
A Police spokesperson Gian Andrea Rezzoli, from the St Gallen local police, said the driver was immediately rushed to hospital by air ambulance.
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A spokesperson for Amazon’s The Grand Tour released this 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 on Amazon Prime, 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 repsonse. The cause of the crash is unknown and is being investigated”.
Richard Hammond was involved in a serious crash, but very fortunately suffered no serious injury.
At the time of the incident a source told The Sun: “Richard is conscious but very shaken.
“He is currently being treated in hospital for a fractured knee and having the once over. It’s quite incredible he’s come away from this with nothing more serious quite frankly.
“There was real concern for Richard but the emergency services were quickly on hand and he’s a very lucky boy.
The source added: “It brought back horrendous memories of the 2006 crash for those who witnessed it.”
This isn’t the first time Richard has come close to death with cars, back in 2006 he almost died. He was filming for Top Gear at the former RAF Elvington airfield near York – He was driving a jet-powered car, the Vampire dragster, which was theoretically capable of travelling at speeds of up to 370mph. He suffered severe injury which reduced him to a “child-like state”.