The Grand Tour presenter Richard Hammond suffered motorbike crash in Africa
He was filming in ‘remote’ part of Mozambique when he fell and hit his head
It comes 11 years after he sustained brain injuries in 288mph dragster crash
Hammond spent five weeks in hospital in 2006 and was in critical condition
Published: 19:23 EDT, 19 March 2017 | Updated: 05:52 EDT, 20 March 2017
Richard Hammond today he fell off his motorcycle and banged his head but is ‘fine’ and reassured fans he wouldn’t be put off telling them: ‘Life goes on’.
The 47-year-old, who sustained brain injuries after a 288mph rocket car accident in 2006, toppled off his motorcycle and banged his head while riding through a ‘remote’ part of Mozambique.
He reportedly lay unconscious on the road hours from the nearest hospital while filming a new episode of The Grand Tour with Jeremy Clarkson and James May.
In a post, entitled ‘Yes, I fell off but yes, I’m fine. Sorry’, shared on motoring social media platform DriveTribe, Hammond confirmed the accident, 11 years after after he almost died in a car crash.
He called it a ‘slight shunt’ and said: ‘I can confirm that yes, I fell off a. bike, many times, in fact and yes, I banged my head and everything else. But life goes on (sic).’
It is not known if he was wearing a helmet during the filming but co-star Jeremy Clarkson said he was ‘hurt quite badly’.
When asked if he needed to go to hospital Clarkson said: ‘We don’t do hospitals’. He has made a full recovery since the crash, which happened in the last fortnight.
In 2006 Hammond nearly died after crashing a jet powered car at 288 mph and slipped into a coma during an attempt to break the British land speed record for the BBC show.
Drama: The Grand Tour presenter Richard Hammond, pictured filming for Top Gear, was knocked out cold after falling from his motorbike this month
Recovery: Hammond with his partner Amanda Etheridge at Cheltenham last week, after his Mozambique crash
The father-of-two has since made a full recovery and is ‘back to jokes and banter’ with Clarkson, 57, and James May, 54, but the incident caused huge concern among the Amazon show’s crew.
A source told The Sun: ‘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.’
The insider added the trio were ‘shaken’ by the incident considering Hammond’s previous crash, although it is understood he did not need to go to hospital.
It is believed the motorbike accident will feature on the show when it is released later this year.
He was eventually allowed to leave Leeds Infirmary and was airlifted from the hospital, pictured
Hammond was airlifted to hospital in September 2006 after his Vampire jet-powered dragster spun out of control when a tyre burst during a daredevil stunt at Elvington airfield, near York.
After five weeks in hospital he was allowed to go home to his wife Mindy and their two daughters, Isabella and Willow.
The father, nicknamed ‘Hamster’, previously told how he struggled ‘mortally with depression’ and spoke regularly to a psychiatrist following the incident.
He damaged the part of his brain which controls spatial awareness, and admitted that he subsequently found it difficult to park a car.