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Richard Hammond thought he'd die in horror crash

Richard Hammond claims the latest series of his motoring show The Grand Tour will air in the autumn (17) as planned.

Richard Hammond was certain he was going to die when he crashed a supercar he was driving earlier this month (Jun17).

Hammond, 47, was filming a challenge for his motoring show The Grand Tour at a race track in Switzerland 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.

The daredevil TV host has now admitted that as the car careered off the track, he was certain his life was at an end.

"I was aware that I was up high, and that inevitably the car was going to come down," he said in a video interview for DriveTribe, the motoring website he founded with fellow Grand Tour presenters Jeremy Clarkson and James May.

"Of course there was a moment of dread - 'Oh God, I'm going to die,'" he continued. "And also I was aware that the car was taking just such a beating. I mean if you look at those craters, that's a big hole that's just impact and it looks like the thing has been dropped from space to leave a hole that big. So yeah I was probably going 'Well this is it'. In fact, that is what was going through my mind. I thought 'I've had it.'"

Luckily, Hammond escaped the car before it was engulfed in flames and after being helped by onlookers was airlifted to a nearby hospital where surgeons operated on a fractured knee.

The star was conscious throughout the accident and was even able to tell those who came to his aid to be careful with his injured leg.

He said, "I do remember saying to them, 'Drag me by my arms not my legs because I think I've broken that leg.'"

His latest smash came 11 years after he was left in a coma after crashing a jet-powered car while filming for BBC car show Top Gear, which he hosted alongside Clarkson and May from 2002 until 2015.

Despite having to take time out to recover from his latest incident, the accident-prone star is determined that the second series of the Amazon Prime show will air this autumn (17) as scheduled.

"What we've got left to shoot I can do what we have to do," he explained. "We can make it. The short answer is we can make it without changing any of the films we had planned."

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