Richard Hammond, of Top Gear and Grand Tour fame, was taking part in a hillclimb event during filming in Switzerland for the Grand Tour when everything went very scarily wrong.
Here’s video of the accident:
And here’s the show’s account from the scene, featuring a horrific image of the accident’s aftermath:
Richard Hammond was involved in a serious crash, but very fortunately suffered no serious injury. pic.twitter.com/4Oib32IJvj
— The Grand Tour (@thegrandtour) June 10, 2017
Thankfully Hammond is going to be fine, and he escaped the electric car before it caught fire:
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.
Hammond has crashed while filming before, including the infamous rocket-powered dragster accident that left him in a coma for two weeks. He also just crashed a motorcycle in March while filming a different segment in Mozambique.
Fellow host Jeremy Clarkson has weighed in on the most recent accident:
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 (@JeremyClarkson) June 10, 2017
Thankfully this wasn’t worse than it ended up being. The Grand Tourset quite a few records for Amazon, and it will be interesting to see just how much detail on this accident is included when the show returns later this year.