Richard Hammond injured in The Grand Tour car crash
Staff Reporter | On 10, Jun 2017
Richard Hammond has been injured in a serious crash while filming The Grand Tour.
Amazon’s original motoring show, which sees Hammond reunite with former Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson and James May, returns for Season 2 later this year. Shooting for the new run is currently underway, but hit a major setback today, when a segment involving an electric super car went severely wrong.
The 47-year-old TV presenter was testing a Rimac Concept One in Switzerland, but had to be airlifted to hospital in St. Gallen when the car burst into flames. Luckily, he suffered “no serious injury”, the show has confirmed, only fracturing his knee and exiting the vehicle himself.
“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 tweeted.
A spokesperson for The Grand Tour said 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 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 response. The cause of the crash is unknown and is being investigated.”