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Richard Hammond apologises to family for horror crash

Richard Hammond's car crash in Switzerland frightened The Grand Tour co-host Jeremy Clarkson.

British TV presenter Richard Hammond has apologised to his wife and children after breaking his leg in a terrifying supercar crash.

Hammond, 47, was filming a time-trial challenge for his motoring show The Grand Tour in Switzerland on Saturday (10Jun17) when he lost control of the Rimac Concept One electric supercar he was driving, plummeting down a hill and flipping the vehicle, causing it to burst into flames.

After the crash, the star posted a video on DriveTribes, the social media website he founded with his The Grand Tour co-presenters Jeremy Clarkson, 57, and James May, 54.

In the video, filmed from his Swiss hospital bed on Sunday (11Jun17), Hammond said, "Sorry to my wife Mindy and my daughters. I'm sorry for being such a colossal..."

His Grand Tour co-host May then finished Hammond's sentence for him by holding up a copy of Dean Burnett's 2016 psychology book The Idiot Brain.

The crash occurred after Hammond completed the Hemburg Hill Climb time trial challenge. Fortunately he escaped the vehicle before it caught fire and was found lying on the grass beside it.

He was airlifted to a hospital in St. Gallen, Switzerland, where doctors discovered his most serious injury was a fractured knee.

In the video clip, the daredevil presenter also thanked medical staff, adding, "I would like to thank all of the medical professionals who got me by air ambulance from the crash to the hospital and who have dealt with me ever since."

After the accident, Hammond's co-presenter Clarkson wrote on Twitter, "It was the biggest crash I've ever seen and the most frightening but incredibly, and thankfully, Richard seems to be mostly OK."

The terrifying smash is not the first time Hammond has been seriously injured filming a motoring stunt for a TV show.

In 2006, he suffered life-threatening head injuries following a high-speed crash in a jet-powered car during the filming for the presenting trio's previous show Top Gear. He was in a coma for two weeks but made a full recovery.

Clarkson, Hammond and May co-hosted Top Gear from 2002 to 2015, but left the series after Clarkson was sacked for punching a producer. They launched their new motoring show The Grand Tour on Amazon Prime last year (16).

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