Richard Hammond involved in second horror crash

20th Mar 17 | Entertainment News

The Grand Tour star Richard Hammond has been involved in a motorcycle accident, over a decade after he nearly died in a car crash.

Richard Hammond

Former Top Gear star Richard Hammond was knocked unconscious after a motorbike crash in a remote area of Mozambique.

The British TV presenter, 47, was filming scenes in the African nation for the ex-Top Gear team's new Amazon Prime show The Grand Tour when he fell off his motorcycle, miles from the nearest medical centre.

His colleague Jeremy Clarkson told British newspaper The Sun, "He really did hurt himself quite badly."

A show source added, "Richard was travelling quite fast when he came off. It caused instant horror on set. There was a lot of concern. If his injuries had been serious it wouldn't have been easy to get medical attention. It's very remote there and facilities are basic."

Editors at the newspaper report that Hammond was rendered unconscious by the accident.

The crash comes almost 11 years after he nearly died when the jet-powered car he was driving at almost 300 miles per hour (482 kilometres per hour) experienced tyre failure and crashed, causing Hammond to suffer a "significant brain injury".

After months of recovery, he returned to Top Gear in 2007, but he and fellow presenters Clarkson and James May, 54, departed the show in 2015 when the former was axed for striking a member of the production team.

According to The Grand Tour insider Hammond's colleagues were extremely concerned after his latest accident.

"The lads are known for having a laugh on set but Richard's previous accident is fresh in their minds. They were all shaken by the latest incident," the source added.

However their concerns subsided after their fellow presenter was given the all clear, with Clarkson quipping, "We don't do hospitals."

The trio are currently filming the second series of their Amazon Prime show, which debuted on the streaming service last year (16).

They reportedly flew out to Mozambique earlier this month (Mar17), a nation where almost a third of the population do not have access to advanced medical treatment.

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