Clarkson: ‘I thought Hammond was dead’

Jeremy Clarkson has said that he was sure that friend Richard Hammond was dead when he suffered a horror smash while filming for The Grand Tour in Switzerland. Clarkson told the press that his ‘legs went to jelly’ when he saw the $2million supercar Hammond was driving tumble off the side of a mountain at high speed.

It is reported that Hammond is suffering from a fractured knee and is incredibly looking to be alive after the accident which happened yesterday. Clarkson continued ‘I genuinely thought he was dead. I can feel it now; the coldness. My knees turning to jelly. It was Hammond who’d crashed’. Clarkson had just finished driving the same route and was relaxing with a glass of wine when the crash occurred. ‘I arrived maybe 30 seconds later and leaped out to see an inferno raging, maybe a quarter of a mile away, at the bottom of a hill.’ He continued ‘And as I stood there, waiting for news, it dawned on me that the burning car was not yellow, as the Aventador was. It was white. Hammond’s Rimac had been white. And I can feel it now; the coldness. My knees turning to jelly. It was Hammond who’d crashed.’

Hammond is expected to make a full recovery and is currently recuperating in a hospital in Switzerland. This is the second time that he has suffered a serious car crash. Back in 2006 the presenter sustained brain injuries and was airlifted to hospital when the car he was racing sped off the circuit track and flipped several times.

 

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