A car-driving stunt took a frightening turn for Richard Hammond during filming of “The Grand Tour” in Switzerland.
Associated Press reports that the former “Top Gear” star was in the midst of filming for the Amazon Prime series when the Rimac Concept One electric supercar he was driving crashed and flipped over. Hammond managed to climb out of the twisted wreckage just before the vehicle caught on fire.
According to a statement from producers, Hammond was airlifted to a nearby hospital with a fractured knee, adding that the crash occurred after Hammond completed a climb of Hemburg Hill.
“Richard was conscious and talking, and climbed out of the car himself before the vehicle burst into flames,” reads the statement. “He was flown by air ambulance to hospital in St. Gallen to be checked over, revealing a fracture to his knee.”
Hammond’s co-host Jeremy 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.”
This isn’t the first time that Hammond has been injured while driving a vehicle for one of his TV series. In 2006, he suffered a brain injury after crashing a rocket-powered dragster while filming “Top Gear” in an attempt to break the British land-driving speed record.
Hammond and James May followed fellow “Top Gear” host Jeremy Clarkson out the door after he was fired for punching a producer, with the beloved TV trio subsequently signing on to Amazon Prime for their current car-based show, “The Grand Tour”.
Footage of the crash was posted on YouTube: