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“Richard was conscious and talking, and climbed out of the car himself before the vehicle burst into flames,” the statement said. “He was flown by air ambulance to hospital in St. Gallen to be checked over, revealing a fracture to his knee.”
“It was the biggest crash I’ve ever seen and the most frightening but incredibly, and thankfully, Richard seems to be mostly OK,” Clarkson tweeted.
Gian Andrea Rezzoli, a spokesperson for St. Gallen cantonal (state) police, confirmed that a person had been injured on a cordoned-off racetrack and taken to a hospital. The person was conscious after the crash, he said, but declined to confirm the person’s identity.
In 2006, Hammond suffered a brain injury when he crashed in a rocket-powered dragster while filming Top Gear. He had been attempting to break the British land speed record at an airfield when the vehicle veered off the track, tumbled over and plowed into the grass.
He recovered and returned to the show a few months later.