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Former Top Gear star Richard Hammond apologises to wife and daughters after horror crash

Former Top Gear star Richard Hammond apologises to wife and daughters after horror crash

Former Top Gear star Richard Hammond has apologised to his wife and daughters from his hospital bed a day after his horror crash in Switzerland.

The TV presenter (47) was airlifted to hospital after his car crashed and burst into flames while filming The Grand Tour in Switzerland.

Hammond escaped the crash, which left the vehicle on its roof and scorched, with no serious injuries.

Hammond explained his injuries and thanked former Top Gear presenter James May for 'sneaking gin in' to the hospital for him in a lighthearted video from his Swiss hospital bed on Sunday.

The TV presenter, 47, who sustained brain injuries after a 288mph rocket car accident in 2006, was airlifted to hospital after flipping a £2million electric supercar which then burst into flames as he filmed his new Amazon show The Grand Tour.

But he miraculously escaped the fireball horror on Saturday with little more than a fractured knee and was 'conscious and talking' after freeing himself from the vehicle.

Richard Hammond has joked "I'm not dead" as he apologised to his wife and children after his car crashed and burst into flames while filming The Grand Tour.

He said: "Hello, yes it's true I binned it again," before adding he will need surgery to fix his broken leg.

"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."
In the Drive Tribe video message, titled I'm Not Dead, Hammond adds: "And most importantly, sorry to my wife Mindy and to my daughters Issy and Willow."

Earlier a spokesman for The Grand Tour said: "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.

"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."

Clarkson tweeted: "It was the biggest crash I've ever seen and the most frightening but incredibly, and thankfully, Richard seems to be mostly OK."