'I'm not dead': Richard Hammond jokes after horrific car crash

| Updated: Jun 12, 2017 09:41 IST

New York [U.S.], June. 12 (ANI): Former "Top Gear" presenter Richard Hammond, who miraculously survived a potentially-killing car crash, is clearly trying to take the entire horrific experience in his stride, as he was seen joking about his ordeal. Hammond, who was in Switzerland filming Amazon's "The Grand Tour" was flown to hospital in St. Gallen after the electric supercar he was driving crashed and then burst into flames. Speaking from his hospital bed on Sunday, Hammond said that he would require knee surgery in a video broadcast by Drive Tribe, reports CNN. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/RichardHammond">@RichardHammond</a> video exclusive: I&#39;m not dead. <a href="https://t.co/qhOU6gD5Rc">https://t.co/qhOU6gD5Rc</a></p>&mdash; DRIVETRIBE (@DRIVETRIBES) <a href="https://twitter.com/DRIVETRIBES/status/873867580552994816">June 11, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> "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 also apologized to his wife Mindy, and two daughters, Issy and Willow. Hammond was injured when he crashed while driving a Rimac Concept One, an electric supercar built in Croatia. He 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," said an official statement by "The Grand Tour" The two photos posted by "The Grand Tour" on Twitter of the car involved in the crash, mostly show a severely charred vehicle that had turned turtle. However, this is not the first time Hammond has been injured while filming. In 2006 he nearly died after losing control of a Vampire dragster which he had been driving at speeds up to 288 mph (463 kph), and ended up in a coma for two weeks but made a full recovery. (ANI)

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