Former Top Gear celebrity Richard Hammond appears to be thanking his stars for surviving a horrible car crash, as he seen joking about it in a video posted to the Grand Tour hosts' web site, Drive Tribe. Hammond, 47, was filming his Amazon TV show when an electric supercar he was driving crashed and burst into flames. The accident took place in St Gallen in northeastern Switzerland.
In the video, Hammond apologised to wife Mindy and daughters for being "such a colossal [idiot]". He also added that he would require a knee surgery.
Furthermore, Hammond thanked the medical professionals who had to airlift him to the hospital and get him treated.
"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 did not step back from thanking his co-host James May, who he said got him a bottle of gin into the hospital.
Earlier, a statement released by The Grand Tour added that he was driving a Rimac Concept One, an electric supercar built in Croatia. The statement added that Hammond was conscious and talking after the accident and climbed out of the car himself before the vehicle burst into flames.
"He was flown by air ambulance to the 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," the official statement by The Grand Tour added.
The Grand Tour released two photos on Twitter with the caption that Hammond “very, fortunately, suffered no serious injury”
However, this is not the first time Hammond met with an accident while filming. On September 20, 2006, he was seriously injured in a car crash while filming for Top Gear, wherein he was driving a jet-powered car.