Jeremy Clarkson genuinely thought Richard Hammond was dead in crash after he was

first_imgJeremy Clarkson has said he “genuinely thought” Richard Hammond was dead after his colleague was referred to as a “body” following a serious crash while filming The Grand Tour.Hammond was driving an electric supercar that crashed and burst into flames after completing a hill climb during filming in Switzerland. the car which was involved in a crash where Richard Hammond escaped serious injury, in Switzerland Car crashing into a fence on the side of the road where Richard Hammond escaped serious injury Writing on Drive Tribe, a digital platform for car enthusiasts, Clarkson said: “I don’t know what went wrong. Hopefully, when he comes out of surgery and is feeling up to it, he will be able to tell us.”What I do know is that I genuinely thought he was dead.” A spokesman for The Grand Tour thanked paramedics for their “swift response” after the accident, adding that the cause is being investigated. Richard Hammond was referred to as a ‘body’ following the incident, Jeremy Clarkson saidCredit:Eric Gaillard/Reuters It was the biggest crash I’ve ever seen and the most frightening but incredibly, and thankfully, Richard seems to be mostly OK.— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) June 10, 2017 Clarkson added: “Then came news from a nearby marshal that he wasn’t. That he’d got out before the fire started. And that ‘his body’ – that’s what they said – was behind a screen at the bottom of the hill.”I could see the screen. I could see the paramedics behind it. I couldn’t see Hammond. I didn’t want to see him. Not after a crash that big.”Clarkson said they were then told Hammond was fine by their security man, and that he is sure his co-host will share further details “when the lucky sod feels up to it”. He mistakenly thought it was a Lamborghini Aventador that had crashed and not the Rimac Concept One that Hammond had been driving. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Clarkson said he had finished filming for the day and was waiting for Hammond and fellow presenter James May to complete a hill climb when he learned that a test driver had had an “off” in one of the cars.  Initially angered, Clarkson said it quickly became obvious that something serious had happened.He wrote: “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.”I was joined at this point by James who’d arrived on the scene just before me in his Honda NSX. He was in a right old state, his arms waving frantically, his eyes wide. ‘Hammond’s in there,’ he was screaming.” This video still shows Hammond’s car veering off a hillside bendCredit:Nature Pictures/YouTube The 47-year-old climbed out of the car before the fire and suffered no serious injury, although he will need surgery to fix a broken leg.Clarkson told of the “coldness” he felt when he realised the crash had happened to his co-host, adding that his knees turned to “jelly”.He said Hammond was referred to as a “body” following the incident and that he did not want to see him, “not after a crash that big”. Hammond has apologised to his wife and children and joked that he is “not dead” in a video filmed from his hospital bed. The remains of the car Richard Hammond was drivingCredit: Freuds/PA Richard Hammond last_img

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