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Former Top Gear star Richard Hammond airlifted to hospital after supercar smash

Former Top Gear star Richard Hammond airlifted to hospital after supercar smash

Former Top Gear star Richard Hammond has been airlifted to hospital in Switzerland after he flipped an electric-powered supercar which then burst into flames.

The Grand Tour host (47) was filming for his  Amazon show when he lost control of the  £2 million vehicle in a car race in St Gallen.

The presenter, who nearly died in a car crash in 2006, is being treated in hospital with serious injuries believed to include a fractured knee.

He was pulled from the burning vehicle after the car left the road and mounted a grassy verge.

Richard, who presents the big budget show with Jeremy Clarkson and James May, was then taken to hospital by the local air ambulance where he was being treated last night.

It is thought he was driving a Rimac supercar at the time, an electronic vehicle which can reach speeds of nearly 200mph.

A source said: “Richard is conscious but very shaken.

“He is currently being treated in hospital for a fractured knee and having the once over. It’s quite incredible he’s come away from this with nothing more serious quite frankly.

 “The crash was really bad. The car completely flipped and then burst into flames.

"There was real concern for Richard but the emergency services were quickly on hand and he’s a very lucky boy.

"It brought back horrendous memories of the 2006 crash for those who witnessed it."

Dad-of-two Richard was in a coma for two weeks in 2006 after the jet-powered car he was piloting for Top Gear crashed.

Its right tyre blew as he tried to set a land speed record at RAF Elvington near York.

He was airlifted to hospital in Leeds. Richard later revealed he suffered depression, paranoia and memory loss due to brain damage.

He was also more recently injured while working on Top Gear rival The Grand Tour

Three months ago it was revealed how he was left unconscious after falling off a motorbike while filming the car show.

He lay unconscious in the road in remote Mozambique, miles from medical help.