Former Top Gear host Richard Hammond has escaped serious injury after a crash in Switzerland. Mr Hammond was attending a car race when his vehicle, a Rimac electric supercar believed to be worth £2 million, left the road and mounted a grassy verge. The former Top Gear presenter was been airlifted to hospital in Switzerland after being involved in a car crash while filming his new Amazon show.
Jeremy Clarkson on Hammond's Crash
It was the biggest crash I’ve ever seen and the most frightening but incredibly, and thankfully, Richard seems to be mostly OK.
The latest incident comes less than three months after Hammond was injured falling off a motorbike while filming in a remote part of Mozambique. The presenter later posted on the DriveTribe website: “Yes I fell off but yes, I’m fine. Sorry … Thanks for inquiries re my slight shunt whilst filming for GT. I can confirm that yes, I fell off a bike, many times, in fact and yes, I banged my head and everything else. But life goes on.”
Neither incident appears anywhere near as serious as the one 11 years ago that left Hammond with life-threatening head injuries and brain damage following a 288mph crash while filming a Top Gear stunt. The presenter was in a coma overnight but left hospital after five weeks and eventually made a full recovery.
Hammond, along with Clarkson and James May, were presenters of the BBC’s Top Gear but defected to Amazon after Clarkson was fired by the broadcaster for punching a producer.