Grand Tour presenter and former "Top Gear" host Richard Hammond escaped serious injury in a fiery crash while filming in Switzerland.
Hammond was filming for his TV show when his vehicle, a Rimac electric supercar believed to be worth £2 million, careened from the road and mounted a grassy verge. Luckily, Hammond was able to climb out of the car before it burst into flames.
The 47-year-old suffered a fractured knee while racing the electric super car, but was not seriously injured.
Hammond's friend and fellow presenter Jeremy Clarkson described it as the "biggest" and "most frightening" crash he had ever seen, adding in a Twitter post, "Thankfully, Richard seems to be mostly OK."
It was the biggest crash I've ever seen and the most frightening but incredibly, and thankfully, Richard seems to be mostly OK.— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) June 10, 2017
Hammond was airlifted to hospital with a fractured knee, program-makers said, after the car caught fire, reducing it to a twisted, blackened mess.
Richard Hammond was involved in a serious crash, but very fortunately suffered no serious injury. pic.twitter.com/4Oib32IJvj— The Grand Tour (@thegrandtour) June 10, 2017
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.
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