Update, With Hammond Message Richard Hammond posted a brief video message today on his Drivetribe channel from his hospital bed in Switzerland, cheerfully thanking the emergency workers who rescued him and apologizing to his wife and daughters for being a “colossal” idiot. He says he’ll need surgery to get a “Swiss Army knee,” but otherwise appears in good spirits.
Previous Richard Hammond, a co-host of Amazon Prime’s The Grand Tour, suffered a fractured knee — but miraculously no serious injuries — during a crash today in Switzerland while filming season 2 of the motoring show. This is the second time Hammond has been involved in a serious crash while shooting.
The previous accident left him in a coma for two weeks, and occurred during filming of the BBC’s Top Gear in 2006.
Today, Hammond was driving a Rimac Concept One, an electric super car built in Croatia. The crash came after he completed the Hemburg Hill Climb, with the car ultimately bursting into flames.
Co-host Jeremy Clarkson tweeted that it was the “biggest” and “most frightening” crash he’s ever witnessed:
In a statement, Amazon Prime Video said, “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.”
The Grand Tour, which reunites Hammond, Clarkson and James May after the long-running Top Gear, was a key pillar of Amazon’s global rollout late last year.