Richard Hammond was in joking mood on Sunday, kidding: “I’m not dead,” just one day after he survived a horrific car crash. This comes as no surprise to us, because after all, it’d take a lot more than a fiery crash in an electric supercar to kill a man who has previously survived a near 300mph jet-powered dragster crash.
Hammond, who was in Switzerland filming Amazon’s The Grand Tour was flown to hospital in St. Gallen after the Rimac Concept One electric supercar he was driving crashed down a hillside and then burst into flames. Jeremy Clarkson, who was present at the scene, said that it was the “biggest crash I’ve ever seen and the most frightening.”
Speaking from his hospital bed Sunday, Hammond confirmed he would require knee surgery in a video broadcast by Drive Tribe. “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,” he said.
Hammond also used the opportunity to apologise to his wife Mindy, and two daughters, Issy and Willow – which is something he’s unfortunately had to do on more than one occasion before.
Hammond’s crash occured whilst he was taking part in a Hill Climb event in Croatia on Saturday. Following the crash, The Grand Tour released a statement relating to the incident.
“Richard was conscious and talking, and climbed out of the car himself before the vehicle burst into flames,” it said. “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.”