Richard Hammond was filming in Mozambique for The Grand Tour when he suffered a second “horror” crash, The Sun reports. Jeremy Clarkson said that Hammond was “hurt quite badly”, and it was not known whether or not he was wearing a helmet at the time of the incident.
Hammond has since made a full recovery and seems to be “back to jokes and banter” with Clarkson and May, but according to a show source:
“Richard was traveling quite fast when he came off. It cause 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.
The lads are known for having a laugh on set but Richard’s previous accident is still fresh in their minds. They were all shaken by the latest incident.”
Apparently his accident was serious enough for him to be rendered unconscious lying in the road, but when asked if Hammond went to the hospital, Jeremy replied with
“We don’t do hospitals.”
Any injury to the head is a huge cause for concern, but it is especially scary for Hammond, who was victim to a serious brain injury in 2006 while filming a segment for Top Gear. In that crash, Richard was traveling upwards of 288 MPH in a Vampire dragster when the front right tire burst, causing the vehicle to lose control. Hammond had to be airlifted to a hospital where he spent the next five weeks in recovery.
That accident damaged the part of his brain that controls spatial awareness, and was serious enough to where Hammond struggled with depression, memory loss, and even had trouble parking a car afterwards. Sun doctor Carol Cooper weighs in on Hammond’s latest injury:
“Richard could have done more damage to his brain after this second crash — even 11 years on.
After a severe injury, like Richard had in 2006, some brain cells take over the work of the damaged cells.
That leaves you with less in reserve if you have another severe injury.
The bottom line is anybody who has a high-impact injury to the head is lucky to be alive. The next question is how well they cope with the after-effects.”
Let’s hope our Hamster has a quick and full recovery! It is rumored that the accident will be featured in the second season of The Grand Tour when it launches.