Former host on BBC Top Gear Richard Hammond has been involved in an accident while filming for The Grand Tour. He thankfully walked out of the crash, but with a fractured knee. Hammond was airlifted to a nearby hospital in Switzerland. The 47-year-old was doing a practice run in an electric super car. Hammond "climbed out of the car himself before the vehicle burst into flames," the show said in a statement.
Once Hammand climbed out to safety, the Rimac Concept One electric super car - known to cost around $2 million - burst into flames. Co-host Jeremy Clarkson tweeted that it was the "most frightening" accident he had ever seen but said Hammond was "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
The Rimac Concept One is an all electric super car capable of doing 0-100 kmph in 2.5 seconds. The electric motor produces 1224 hp and 1600 Nm of torque, propelling it to a top speed of 355 kmph.
"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," the show's statement said.
Back in 2006, Richard Hammond was involved in a fatal accident in a jet powered car, that left him in a coma for a fortnight. He had sustained brain injuries, but left hospital after five weeks and went on to make a full recovery.
Hammond, along with Jeremay Clarkson and James May, used to be presenters on the ever so popular show Top Gear. However, following Clarkson being fired from the BBC over punching a producer, the three went on to create a show called, The Grand Tour, in November 2016.
After receiving a good response to the new show, The Grand Tour is now set to enter its second season, that begins in October this year on Amazon Prime Video.