The Grand Tour Host in Fiery Crash While Filming
Richard Hammond has escaped serious injury
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Posted Jun 10, 2017 1:38 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Richard Hammond, a presenter of Amazon's car-themed TV show The Grand Tour and former host of the BBC's Top Gear, escaped serious injury Saturday in a fiery crash while filming in Switzerland, the AP reports. Program-makers said Hammond was airlifted to hospital with a fractured knee. The Rimac Concept One electric supercar was reduced to a twisted, blackened mess after it crashed and caught fire. The program said in a statement that Hammond crashed after completing a climb of Hemburg Hill in the east of the alpine country. "Richard was conscious and talking, and climbed out of the car himself before the vehicle burst into flames," it said. "He was flown by air ambulance to hospital in St. Gallen to be checked over, revealing a fracture to his knee." The show said no one else was involved, and the cause of the crash was under investigation.

Hammond, 47, hosts the adrenaline-fueled automotive show with Jeremy Clarkson and James May. The trio are the former hosts of Top Gear. 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." Gian Andrea Rezzoli, a spokesman for St. Gallen cantonal (state) police, confirmed that a person had been injured on a cordoned-off racetrack and taken to a hospital. The person was conscious after the crash, he said, but declined to confirm the person's identity. In 2006, Hammond suffered a brain injury when he crashed in a rocket-powered dragster while filming Top Gear. He had been attempting to break the British land speed record at an airfield when the vehicle veered of the track, tumbled over and plowed into the grass. He recovered and returned to the show a few months later.

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