Hammond speaks from hospital after second major crash

Hammond speaks from hospital after second major crash
Former Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond has thanked Swiss medical staff and apologised to his family after being hospitalised in another serious high-speed car accident.

On location filming the latest series of The Grand Tour with co-presenters James May and Jeremy Clarkson, Hammond’s Rimac Concept One electric supercar came crashing off a notorious course last Saturday.

Escaping the wreckage before it burst into flames, he was flown to hospital where he has been found to have a fractured knee.

Back in 2006, the West Midlands-born speed enthusiast sustained brain injuries and was considered lucky to be alive after a horrific crash in a jet-powered Vampire dragster while filming Top Gear.

Having witnessed this latest incident, which occurred on Switzerland’s Hemberg Hill Climb course, Clarkson said he thought his co-host “was dead”.

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After initial recovery at a hospital in St Gallen, Hammond said: “Yes, it’s true, I’ve binned it. Again. The net result being I’m here in a hospital in Switzerland.”

Referring to his injured knee, which he said surgeons would have to turn into a “Swiss Army knee”, he continued: “I’d like to thank all the medical professionals who got me by air ambulance from the crash and to this hospital and have dealt with me ever since.

“And most importantly, sorry to my wife Mindy and my daughters Izzy and Willow.”

It is not yet known what caused the potentially life-threatening crash, which officials from The Grand Tour say is under investigation.

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Clarkson spoke of the “coldness” he felt when he realised the incident had involved his friend and co-host, saying that his knees turned to “jelly”.

He said Hammond was referred to as a “body” after the incident, and that he did not want to see him, “not after a crash that big”.

Writing on Drive Tribe, Clarkson said: “I don't know what went wrong. Hopefully, when he comes out of surgery and is feeling up to it, he will be able to tell us.

“What I do know is that I genuinely thought he was dead.”

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