The Grand Tour’s Richard Hammond shares image of horrific knee injury
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The Grand Tour star Richard Hammond has shared a photo of his “Swiss Army knee” following his serious car crash in Switzerland last weekend.
Hammond was airlifted to hospital on Saturday (June 10) after losing control of a Rimac Concept One electric car. The star had been taking part in the famous Hemberg time trial while filming for the Amazon series in Switzerland, with his co-stars Jeremy Clarkson and James May.
Thankfully, Hammond did not receive any life-threatening injuries from the accident. However, severe damage to his knee has required several procedures over the last few days.
Hammond shared an image of the damage on the DriveTribe social media sight and wrote: “I’m pleased to announce that after two sleepless nights and several hours’ surgery, my Swiss Army Knee is finished and works.
“It bends in the middle and whilst a problem at airport security, is at least rustproof.
“Being a Swiss Army Knee it may even contain attachments to meet some of the basic tasks outlined in the weird office-boy fantasy outlined in Clarkson’s recent post. We must give him some leeway though; he’d been up quite early looking for a crayon.”
And fans can expect to see the well-loved presenter back to his usual mischievous antics in no time, as he signed off by saying: “Back in action soon.”
Co-host Jeremy recently detailed his own account of the terrifying accident.
“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,” he wrote. “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 [May], 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.
“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.
“At a guess, I’d say he was doing 120 mph when he left the road and that he’d have been going even faster than that when he’d smashed into the road below. He wasn’t going to be a pretty sight, that’s for sure.
“Our security man is made of sterner stuff and set off down the hill like a racing goat. I watched him arrive at the scene. I watched him intently. I saw him lift his walky talky and I heard him say, ‘It’s all right fellas.’ He winked at me.”
The Grand Tour will return to Amazon Prime Video in October 2017.