'Top Gear' star jokes 'I'm not dead' after horror vehicle crash

Elias Hubbard
June 12, 2017

Richard Hammond has joked "I'm not dead" as he apologised to his wife and children after his auto crashed and burst into flames while filming The Grand Tour. As one third of the Clarkson, May and Hammond trio, the 46-year-old was filming in Switzerland and lost control of a Rimac Concept One electric vehicle while taking part in the famous Hemburg time-trial.

The auto reportedly plummeted down the hill, flipped over, and burst into flames, with the 47-year-old former Top Gear presenter thankfully able to crawl out of the wreckage and to safety; he is now being treated for a fractured knee.

Eleven years after a rocket-powered dragster accident that almost killed him on BBC's Top Gear, automotive journalist Richard Hammond was involved in another serious crash while filming his new Amazon show The Grand Tour in Switzerland Saturday.

According to a statement released on The Grand Tour's Facebook page, Hammond managed to get out of the vehicle before the Concept_One burst into flames.

Addressing the injuries in a video to fans from his bed at St Gallen hospital in Switzerland on Sunday (11 June), Hammond assured fans "I am alive". We'd like to thank the paramedics on site for their swift response.

The show said no-one else was involved, and the cause of the crash was under investigation.

Hammond's co-host, Jeremy Clarkson, said that it was the "biggest crash I've ever seen and the most frightening".

In the clip - which has not been verified as yet - a white auto speeds up the track.

In 2006 he almost died after losing control of a Vampire dragster which he had been driving at speeds up to 288 miles per hour (463 kph), and ended up in a coma for two weeks but made a full recovery.

The official account for The Grand Tour released a statement following the accident.

The trio signed with Amazon for "The Grand Tour", which is filming its second season.

Though he suffered brain injuries he went on to make a full recovery.

"When they saw the wreckage on fire they thought Richard was dead".

James Hammond co-hosted Top Gear alongside Jeremy Clarkson and James May.

The new "Top Gear" presenting line-up has been announced.

"It was really bad", Wilman explained.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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