Former Top Gear host Richard Hammond will undergo knee surgery after he suffered a broken leg when the car he was driving crashed and burst into flames.
The incident took place during filming for The Grand Tour in Switzerland where the TV presenter, 47, was driving an electric super car, and his colleague Jeremy Clarkson described it as “the biggest crash I’ve ever seen and the most frightening”.
Richard escaped the crash, which left the vehicle on its roof and scorched, with no serious injuries but requires knee surgery and may fly home for the procedure, according to F1 presenter Sasha Martinego who told his Twitter followers the pair had spoken.
Hi all. Got a msg from @RichardHammond . He is fine. He has a broken leg and needs knee surgery. He might fly home for the procedure.— F1sasha (@F1sasha) June 11, 2017
A spokesman for The Grand Tour said: “Richard Hammond was involved in a serious crash after completing the Hemburg Hill Climb in Switzerland in a Rimac Concept One, an electric super car built in Croatia, during filming for The Grand Tour Season 2 on Amazon Prime, but very fortunately suffered no serious injury.
“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.”
A statement from the organisers of the Bergrennen, which translates as mountain race, said: “On Saturday, an accident took place at the Bergrennen Hemberg in a demonstration run between the training courses.
“The vehicle left the track and landed in the meadow.”
They added that rescuers were “very fast” to reach the scene.
“The fire brigade extinguished the burning car quickly,” they said.
Grand Tour producer Andy Wilman said the presenter was seconds from being “incinerated”.
“Jeremy and James both raced down to the scene of the crash as soon as it happened,” the Sunday Mirror said.
“When they saw the wreckage on fire they thought Richard was dead. It was really bad. They were staggered he had got out of it alive, because there was just nothing left.”
It comes 11 years after Richard suffered life-threatening head injuries following a high-speed crash as he filmed for BBC’s Top Gear in 2006.
The presenter was in a coma for two weeks following the 288mph accident, but made a full recovery.
In March this year, Richard assured fans he was fine after falling off a motorbike “many times” while filming for The Grand Tour.
He was in a remote part of Mozambique in east Africa shooting the programme when the accident occurred, according to The Sun.