Richard Hammond survives third horror crash

The car flipped onto its roof and caught fire (Photo: PA)

The former ‘Top Gear’ star was filming scenes for ‘The Grand Tour’ when the incident occurred

Richard Hammond, the former star of Top Gear, has been airlifted to hospital after being involved in a serious car crash in a Swiss mountain race, according to reports.

Swiss media 20 Minuten reported that the 47-year-old Grand Tour co-host crashed the car on a road that was closed for the Bergrennen Hemberg race.

It’s now been confirmed that Hammond suffered a fractured knee but no serious injuries. Photos from the scene show a wrecked car in flames, which were later extinguished by firefighters.

Hammond – who was in Switzerland filming scenes of Amazon series The Grand Tour alongside Jeremy Clarkson – was seriously injured in a car crash in September 2006.

Clarkson described it as the “biggest” and “most frightening” crash he had ever seen, commenting in a Twitter post: “Thankfully, Richard seems to be mostly OK.”

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St Gallen police spokesperson Gian Andrea Rezzoli confirmed that Hammond was rushed to hospital by air ambulance.

A spokesperson for The Grand Tour stated: “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.”

Here is the full statement on the crash from Hammond’s spokesperson:

“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.

Reports suggest Richard Hammond was injured in a car crash
The fire started after Hammond had climbed out of the car (Photo: @Russian_market/Twitter)

“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.”

Hammond’s history of living dangerously as he survives third crash

This isn’t the first time Hammond has cheated while filming scenes for his millions of fans.

In 2006, he was in an induced coma for two weeks after the jet-powered car he was piloting crashed at 288mph while filming for Top Gear.

He survived his second horror crash in March when he toppled off his motorbike while working on The Grand Tour in Mozambique.

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Hammond was in a coma after this 2006 crash (Photo: Top Gear/BBC/PA)

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