The Grand Tour star Richard Hammond has escaped serious injury following a serious crash during filming for The Grand Tour.
Hammond was competing in a competitive hill climb in Switzerland, driving a Rimac Concept One electric supercar from Croatia.
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The crash occurred after he’d finished the hill climb; Hammond managed to climb out of the car unaided before it set on fire – the images here show the car after it had been destroyed by the fire.
The Grand Tour star was “conscious and talking” after the incident, although he was later flown by Air Ambulance to a local hospital. During checks, it was found he had fractured 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 Grand Tour chiefs said in a statement.
“The cause of the crash is unknown and is being investigated.”
Jeremy Clarkson later described on Twitter the seriousness of the crash:
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
A friend of Hammond, South African F1 presenter Sasha Martinengo, later Tweeted an update on Hammond’s condition:
Hi all. Got a msg from @RichardHammond . He is fine. He has a broken leg and needs knee surgery. He might fly home for the procedure.
— Sasha Martinengo (@F1sasha) June 11, 2017
The incident occurred during filming for Series 2 of The Grand Tour, which will air on Amazon Prime from October.