Richard Hammond, a cast member of Amazonâ€™s â€œGrand Tourâ€ driving show, was in a harrowing crash where his car burst into flames today.
Amazon says Hammond, who was filming an episode in Switzerland, has a fractured knee but is otherwise OK. And it says no one else was hurt in the crash.
Hereâ€™s the full statement from Amazon:
â€œRichard 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 two on Amazon Prime Video, 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.â€
Hereâ€™s the slightly odd thing about Amazonâ€™s statement. At the end of it, it tells media people like me that â€œImages are availableâ€ and directs me to a cloud-based storage site.
So while I donâ€™t normally publish car crash photos, Amazon thinks you should see them.
Perhaps thatâ€™s because a dangerous-but-ultimately-non-fatal crash fits with the ethos of the show, which is the sequel to the BBCâ€™s enormously popular â€œTop Gearâ€. And Amazon paid a gazillion dollars for this one, so it wants to get its moneyâ€™s worth. Who knows?
Anyway, here you go: